Belfast Telegraph

Election Twitterwatch 22 days to go

Ukip's economic spokesperson Patrick O'Flynn has topped the Press Association's daily snapshot of 40 key political movers and shakers on Twitter - while Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has come bottom for the third day running.

Mr O'Flynn scored the highest percentage of net positive mentions over the past 24 hours, during which he tweeted news of a former Tory council leader defecting to Ukip and a link to a Daily Mail article on NHS parking fees, which Ukip has pledged to abolish.

The amount of positive mentions Mr O'Flynn received was large enough to see him jump 18 places up the Twitterwatch list.

By contrast Mr Hunt came bottom of the chart with a net positive score of 24%. Mr Hunt tweeted a number of upbeat comments on the launch of the Tory party manifesto, including one praising Prime Minister David Cameron for having "fire in his belly".

The PA's Twitterwatch list comprises 40 of the main political figures and parties in the election campaign.

Chart positions are calculated by subtracting the percentage of negative mentions from the percentage of positive mentions.

Two party leaders also made the top five: Plaid Cymru's Leanne Wood and the SNP's Nicola Sturgeon.

Joining Mr Hunt at the lower end of the top 40 was his Labour equivalent Andy Burnham, along with Chancellor George Osborne, SNP deputy leader Stewart Hosie and Sinn Fein's Gerry Adams.

Mr Cameron received the most mentions on Twitter during the past 24 hours: a total of 8,280, many of which were responses to his appearance at the Tory manifesto launch.

The PA compiles its Twitterwatch data in association with Adoreboard.


From Belfast Telegraph