Much is made of Westminster’s most proficient Twitter-using MPs. David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg all boast six-figure followerships, while the likes of Tom Watson, Tim Farron and Michael Fabricant have adopted it as an invaluable communication tool.
But what about those at the back of the class? Below are the 10 least-followed British MPs on Twitter (though, of course, the true ‘F’ for fail really has to go to those yet to sign up).
10. VALERIE VAZ – @Valerie_VazMP
Constituency: Walsall South
Verdict: Too many retweets. Not keen on capitalising names.
9. JIM HOOD – @JimHoodMP
Constituency: Lanark and Hamilton East
Verdict: Links rather than original insight. Best not to have logo as profile picture.
8. NICK HARVEY – @NickHarveyND
Party: Liberal Democrat
Constituency: North Devon
Verdict: Reasonable usage but only 67 tweets. Not so “lively”.
7. GRAEME MORRICE – @GraemeMorris
Verdict: Hardly the most insightful.
6. TONY CUNNINGHAM – @tcunninghammp1
Verdict: Lots of links, how about some opinion?
5. JOHN HOWELL – @JohnHowellMP
Verdict: Impersonal In Touch newsletter tweet.
4. RICHARD DRAX – @RichardDrax_MP
Constituency: South Dorset
Verdict: No tweets. Nul points.
3. PHILIP DUNNE – @PhilipDunneMP
Verdict: Verified account. Foreign diplomacy. Impressive.
2. EDWARD LEIGH – @EdwardLeighMP
Verdict: No tweets, no full name, no profile picture, no chance.
1. ADRIAN BAILEY – @Adrian_Bailey
Constituency: West Bromwich West
Verdict: The cardinal sin – protected tweets.