Labour’s Twitter Tsars

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In the second of a series of posts throughout the party conference season, and as a result of ongoing press coverage about politicians using social media to promote themselves and engage with voters, I have begun to undertake some thorough analysis of how MPs are using twitter.

 

The above is a map of Labour MPs on twitter, showing who follows who. The blue circles represent MPs and the arrows show who they are friends with. The bigger the circle, the more friends they have; and the closer they are to one another the closer their friendship groups.

 

The data behind this map shows that the title of  Labour ‘twitter tsar’ should be awarded to Ed Miliband, not Kerry McCarthy . Although Ed Miliband has 21 fewer followers, popularity in social networks is not everything.  In the network of MPs he has a higher degree of ‘betweeness centrality’ – he acts as more of “bridge” between MPs and so has a higher level of potential to spread messages amongst all of them.

 

So if you want Labour MPs to take up an issue for you on twitter, Ed Miliband is the man to talk to. Interesting that in the Westminster village he is being touted as a future leader of the Party – perhaps twitter is more reflective of the ‘real’ political world than first thought!

 

Next week I’ll be mapping Tory MPs and the following week I’ll look at all the MPs on twitter to see if any conclusions can be drawn (excuse the pun!), analysing who MPs follow other than their peers.

 

Social Media and the Labour Party:

 

League table of Labour MP’s twitter influence (according to Twitter grader):

Following: Followers:
Tom Watson – @tom_watson 1410 5385
Kerry McCarthy – @KerryMP 1298 2722
John Prescott – @JohnPrescott 69 6805
Sadiq Khan – @SadiqKhan 1481 2840
Tom Harris – @TomHarrisMP 374 2073
David Lammy – @DavidLammyMP 300 2845
Edward Balls – @edballsmp 265 2930
Edward Miliband – @EdMilibandMP 881 2122
Jim Knight – @jimknightmp 275 1495
Andy Reed – @andyreedmp 137 950
David Miliband – @Dmiliband 27 1434
Siôn Simon – @sionsimon 815 1333
Ben Bradshaw – @BenBradshawMP 53 1383
Eric Joyce – @ericjoyce 311 816
Harriet Harman – @HarrietHarman 73 1981
John Denham – @Johndenhammp 1 1089
Kevin Brennan – @KevinBrennanMP 54 1049
Liam Byrne – @LiamByrneMP 53 983
Frank Field – @frankfieldteam 5 718
Linda Gilroy – @LindaGilroyMP 45 613
Anne Snelgrove – @annesnelgrovemp 76 677
Celia Barlow – @CeliaBarlowMP 405 780
Sarah McCarthy-Fry – @smccarthyfry 200 593
Virendra Sharma – @VirendraSharma 190 673
Hazel Blears – @HazelBlearsMP 10 644
Andrew Gwynne – @Andrew_GwynneMP 106 433
David Wright – @DavidWrightMP 75 482
Derek Wyatt – @wyattd 135 511
Linda Riordan – @Linda_Riordan 52 472
Elliot Morley – @elliotmorley 12 4644
Ian Cawsey – @iancawsey 37 395
Parmjit Dhanda – @ParmjitDhanda 359 469
David Kidney – @davidkidney 146 411
Gillian Merron – @GillianMerron 14 380
Gisela Stuart – @GiselaStuart 62 383
James Plaskitt – @JamesPlaskittMP 37 385
Anthony D Wright – @tonywrightmp 216 350
Alison Seabeck – @alisonseabeck 190 263
John Spellar – @spellar 14 235
Paul Clark – @paulclarkmp 157 209
David Drew – @DavidDrewMP 13 155
Michael Foster – @MikeFosterMP 10 153
David Chaytor – @chaytord 1 161
Margaret Moran – @margaretmoranmp 15 150

*MP list taken from Tweetminster Week commencing September 21st

Originally posted on the Digital Public Blog

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