Who are the most popular Liberal Democrat MPs on Facebook?

Following on from my review of the uses MPs are making of Facebook, here’s the top ten listing of Liberal Democrat MPs, based on how many friends they have:

  1. Ming Campbell
  2. Steve Webb
  3. Jo Swinson
  4. Lembit Opik
  5. Stephen Williams
  6. Lynne Featherstone
  7. Julia Goldsworthy
  8. Willie Rennie
  9. Sarah Teather
  10. Chris Huhne

(Rankings are based on number of friends in their official profiles on Facebook, as at 30 July 2007)

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  • Thanks. I’ve corrected the link.

  • And this is meaningful in what way? (Genuine question btw).

  • Elizabeth Patterson 12th Aug '07 - 9:28am

    Steve, in your role as propagandist for MC, I fear you are giving too much of your researchers’ time to trivia like Facebook friends. It is a bit like “the boy stood on the burning deck” that while our polls continue to sink slowly you try manfully to convince us of the captain’s popularity. It is the public’s perception of MC that will matter in the next GE campaign. And despite the claims, with which I strongly agree, that we have a very good young Front Bench, it is leader charisma that counts heavily. I remember that our biggest poll jump, from single figures to mid-teens was when we were Paddy’s one-man-band party. Your efforts would be better spent on a make-over in which we get a more relaxed, less senior barrister image. He has compared himself to John McCain the American hopeful, in terms of age; but there is no comparison in terms of modern image.
    Elizabeth Patterson

  • They don’t give up, do they? I am referring to these malcontents with their crabby, ill-informed attacks on Ming Campbell, who swarm on to this site like flies through the kitchen window.

    All they actually achieve is the demoralisation of activists and the amusement of our opponents.

    If Elizabeth Patterson cares about this party she should be getting behind Ming Campbell and helping ensure his success as leader.

    The jump in opinion-poll ratings to which Elizabeth is alluding I think actually accompanied the Eastbourne and Ribble Valley byelections, whose successful outcomes were masterminded by Chris Rennard, not Paddy Ashdown.

    Sorry to change the subject. But I couldn’t keep a straight face watching Redwood tonight saying he would tear up EC Directives imposing red tape on British business. Clearly he is ignorant of the jurisprudence of the European Court of Justice and the UK judiciary’s response to it.

  • Hywel Morgan 12th Aug '07 - 11:56pm

    “the Eastbourne and Ribble Valley byelections, whose successful outcomes were masterminded by Chris Rennard, not Paddy Ashdown.”

    IIRC Paddy didn’t even want to contest the Eastbourne by-election

  • derrick chester 13th Aug '07 - 1:27am

    Who was the guy wandering around Soho on Sat night dressed in a banana outfit with a Lib Dem badge on. If it was a stag night 10 out of 10 for party dedication but I hope you don;t wear it at the ceremony!

  • Kevin O'Connor 13th Aug '07 - 10:02am

    Seriously, I have to ask – what has this got to do with anything? I am on Facebook and use it to keep in touch with friends and colleagues, but using it just to accumulate a high number of ‘friends’ is surely counterproductive?

    And what possible merit does it show for an MP to have aquired more random friendships than anyone else?

    I really have to say that the amount of facebook related stories on LDV is becoming an issue of concern. People seem to be devloping an unhealthy obsession.

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