How do Lib Dem MPs compare on Twitter? April update with a new number one

Changes in position and score are since March’s figures, and the same caveats apply as before to these numbers from TweetLevel (i.e. Twitter isn’t the only thing in the world, and this isn’t the only way of measuring people’s influence on / use of Twitter).

New this month to Twitter are Evan Harris, Nick Harvey and Charles Kennedy, bringing the total number of tweeting Liberal Democrat MPs up to 30.

UPDATE: Mark Williams has also joined Twitter recently. Apologies for missing you first time round Mark.

New entrant Evan is straight in at the top of the list. That’s no fluke: Evan’s put the work into working out how to use Twitter well and has built up a good community which reaches out beyond the usual activists suspects. Paul Burstow’s rise up the table is the other striking move.

1. (new) DrEvanHarris 51 (new)
2. (-1) nick_clegg 48 (-7)
3. (-1) joswinson 44 (-8)
3=. (nc)  SandraGidley 44 (-2)
5=. (-1) lfeatherstone 42 (-2)
5=. (-1) philwillismp 42 (-2)
5=. (+1) vincecable 42 (nc)
8. (+11) PaulBurstow 39 (+17)
9=. (-2) normanlamb 36 (-4)
9=. (+1) SusanKramer 36 (+4)
11=. (-1) GregMulholland1 35 (+3)
11=. (-1)  jgoldsworthy 35 (+3)
13. (-5) willie_rennie 33 (-4)
14. (-5) acarmichael4mp 30 (-3)
15. (+2) ChrisHuhne 28 (+3)
15=. (+4) JLeechMP 28 (+6)
15=. (-2) timfarron 28 (-2)
18=. (-3) AnnetteBrookeMP 27 (+1)
18=. (-5) moore4borders 27 (-3)
20. (+5) DonFosterMP 25 (+6)
21. (-6) AndrewGeorgeMP 24 (-2)
22. (new) mark4ceredigion 22 (new)
23=. (new) charles_kennedy 21 (new)
23=. (-5) eddaveymp 21 (-2)
23=. (-2) stevewebb1 21 (-1)
26. (-4) thomasbrake 20 (n/c)
27=. (-5) lembitopik 19 (-1)
27=. (nc) malcolmbruce 19 (+1)
27=. (-2) PaulRowen 19 (n/c)
30=. (-8) dannyalexander 16 (-4)
30=. (new) NickHarveyND 16 (new)

And finally, ahem, I would come in top of this table (hey, my initials are MP so why shouldn’t I be in the table?) with libdemvoice in second just ahead of Evan Harris. Make of that what you will…

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  • Bill Baxter 10th May '10 - 4:24pm

    5050 Voters List System

    Built in Term Limits
    4 & Half Year Fixed Term Parliament
    EVERY MP has a Constituency
    A choice between 2 MP surgeries
    Very Simple; just 1 vote to cast

    Half the MPs Elected on 1st past post.
    The other Half of the seats distributed to Candidates on the Voters Lists to top up the numbers for Proportional Representation

    Double the size of the constituencies.

    Directly elect 50% of MPs, 1 MP per constituency on 1st past the post.

    The Voters Lists are Nationwide PRIORITISED lists of 2nd, 3rd or 4th place candidates.
    Top of Voters List For each Party is candidate with highest percentage of the vote.

    Allocate additional seats to candidates on the Voters Lists to top up the party totals to match the national percentage of the vote for each Party.

    An incumbent re-elected due to a high position on the Voters List is Disqualified from ALL future elections for 5 years.
    Built in 2 Term Limits for Unpopular & Mediocre MPs.
    The voters automatically override the 2 term limit by putting a candidate 1st past post in a constituency.

    To guarantee 4 & Half Year Fixed Term Parliament,
    any MP who resigns is Disqualified from ALL future elections for 5 years.

    This system MUST be part of a WRITTEN Constitution & Bill of rights that can only be amended by 60% of eligible voters.

    This system fulfils all requirements.


    The Voters will never forgive you if you get a chance to install PR & choose a Party List system.

    A Party List IS A STITCH UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    A Voters List is DEMOCRATIC.

    Top of each Voters List would be someone who came so close that his voters could almost taste it but they felt robbed by just a few votes.

    In this way, it is the voters who decide who gets a seat in Parliament, not the Party Hierarchy who would give priority to arse-lickers.

    EVERY MP will have a Constituency
    some Constituencies will have 2 or even 3 MPs
    they will be from DIFFERENT parties & will have to compete with each other to run the best surgeries.

    A Voters List keeps out candidates who Voters definitely do not want instead of having their wishes bypassed by the party.

    Any candidates that get a small percentage of the votes will definitely NOT get an additional seat.
    That will make some candidates try harder to explain themselves at the election.

    4 & Half Year Fixed Term Parliament means that PM will only have the advantage of budget day for alternate Parliaments.
    Parties will HAVE TO Co-operate because they cannot call a premature election.


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