Labour topping poll of top 20 political tweeters?

Following my earlier list today of top Tory tweeters, Left foot forward have helpfully done the same for Labour tweeters (again using Edelmans tweet level service) which means that I can now give you the top 20 list of political tweeters (Lib Dems not yet included).

The score the to right is the “tweet level”.

1.   Tom Watson – 69
2.   Sarah Brown – 67
=3.   Iain Dale – 65
=3.  Ellie Gellard – 65
=3.  John Prescott – 65
6.   Kerry McCarthy – 64
=7.  Alastair Campbell – 63
=7.  Tory Bear – 63
9.   Tory Radio – 60
=10. Conservative Party – 59
=10. LabourList – 59
12.  Tim Montgomerie – 58
13.  Boris Johnson – 56
=14. Tom Harris – 55
=14. Craig Elder- 55
16.  The Fabians – 54
=17. Lord Drayson – 52
=17. Cath Elliott – 52
=19. Ed Balls – 51
=19. Samuel Coates -51


So who really is winning the battle and influencing on twitter?

Well the Tweetminster report certainly created a few ripples in the world of twitter – but are all their claims justified?

For example the exclusion of Tory Radio because they believe the majority of our followers are bots? Not sure I agree – but is there anything wrong with following as many people as possible – it’s called engagement. Their claim that the Tory twitter effort is dominated by a “party machine” has already been debunked. As far as I can see on the top 20 most followed people on the left there isn’t much grassroots representation, but perhaps all those algorithims come up with a different conclusion than I would.

Now Iain Dale has helpfully produced a list which provides us with the most followed Tories which you can read here. Like Iain I have never claimed that followers equates to influence.

So what to do. Well the helpful people at Edelman also have a nice piece of software where you can put in your own twitter username and it will calculate a score that equates to your influence.

The first figures is their ranking using the very interesting Edelman Tweet level website which you can use here. The figures in brackets is how people appeared in Iain Dale’s rankings which solely focused on number of followers. And the final number is the “Tweet Level”.


1. (4) Iain Dale – 65
2. (10) Tory Bear – 63
3. (2) Tory Radio – 60
4. (3) Conservative Party – 59
5. (8) Tim Montgomerie – 58
6. (1) Boris Johnson – 56
7. (13) Craig Elder– 55
8. (17) Samuel Coates -51
9. (9) Louise Bagshawe – 49
=10. (5) Grant Shapps -46
=10. (16) Nadine Dorries – 46
12. (18) Tory Politico – 44
13. (7) James Cleverly – 43
=14. (11) Eric Pickles – 42
=14. (20) Shane Greer – 42
16. (14) Henry Macrory – 40
17. (12) Danny Finkelstein – 38
18. (19) Jonathan Isaby – 36
19. (15) Dan Hannan – 31
20. (6) Trueblueblood – 4

Interestingly the likes of @graemearcher would appear in this list with a score of 50. That doesn’t surprise me as Graeme is very engaging on twitter as he is in his blog posts. Now if you think Im doing this for the lefties.. think again, they can do it for themselves, though I would be interested in their scores.

If you should appear in this list do let me know!

Note:- Thanks to Edelman for their great Tweet Level Tool


"Remember though this was the biggest recession in over 70 years!" – Labour activist

I really like Tom Scholes-Fogg. He is good value. In his latest twitter exchange with me he commented, “@toryradio nice jump from Police to the economy! Remember though this was the biggest recession in over 70 years!”

It is good of Tom to admit how appalling Labour have been bringing us the biggest recession in over 70 years. Though running my own business I really didn’t need to be told.

If this is the Labour grassroots that is going to be so effective on twitter I think perhaps I can sleep soundly in my bed.

Update:- Not content with telling everyone how bad Labour how bee withregards the economy Tom helpfully added, “Jonathan anybody who says that this was not the worst recession since 1930’s is wrong!”Anyone want it for their election leaflet?

Exclusive – John Redwood podcast on banking

John Redwood MP, regular podcaster here on Tory Radio has recorded his latest piece on the subject of banking. To listen to what he has to say click the play button above.

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Are twitter followers all that they seem?

Today tweetminster produced a little report about twitter and who was on it. Labour jumped on it suggesting the Tory tweeters were centrally controlled and they were all grass roots activists. Yeah because being an MP “twitter tsar” makes you oh so grass roots.

Now Tory Radio has been employing a little tactic for quite some time. We have been actively following as many people as possible in order to increase the number of followers we have. Slowly but surely we have built our following up to nearly 22,000. Why? Well firstly why not. But secondly to show that just as with facebook or indeed blogs, it isn’t necessarily how many visits or followers you have – its who is engaging and how.

So we ask Alberto at Tweetminster why Tory Radio hasn’t been included in their list and apparently its because we have been the only political “tweeter” to pursue such a path and their software apparently suggests that Tory Radio is, “following bots, meaning there’s actually nobody behind the account – each time you follow one, 10 more auto-follow you and so on – our scripts detect such patterns.”

Now I beg to differ that a majority of our followers are bots – and if they are – thank god because I’m not sure I could cope dealing with responding to anymore tweets. But then I would also suggest that a majority of followers of many MPs are not even from their own constituency – which kind of limits their value when it comes to an election.

For Tory Radio twitter is very useful – it drives traffic to the blog and is very helpful in sending out notices of new posts – to all our 21,770 followers… and growing.

Bank Security really worries me sometimes – HSBC

Literally five minutes ago I get a call asking to speak to me. They say they are from HSBC and will just run through security.

They give me the date of the month I was born on, and ask me to confirm the rest. Suddenly I think… hmmmm.. that isn’t too hard o find, and who says you are from HSBC so I make that exact point to them.

They then say that yes they appreciate that and I can call HSBC on a number known to me and proceed. Furthermore they only said it as a Customer Service call. So was it HSBC or was it someone trying to get my personal details??

To tweet or not to tweet – that's the question for Cameron

Well actually that was the question put to him by Tim Montgomerie and Cameron’s press conference today. Cameron seemed to be less than convinced.

Now Tim has put forward his case for twitter as a communications channel on ConHome. Now I like twitter much more than facebook. I get fed up of being invited to this that and the other. On twitter I can flag up a blog post put a brief comment and engage. But can you really debate in 140 characters? I mean can you really?

And then of course you have to ask yourself what’s the point. If I was an MP my priority is to my constituents. It is very hard to prove your followers are your electorate – and actually your priority is to them.

Then of course do we really want our Ministers spending thre do tweeting when they actually should be sorting the country out.

I’d really really like to know the views that people have.

Of course you can follow Tory Radio @toryradio – we have nearly 22,000 followers. (Size is everything you know)/