25 tweeters from across the progressive political spectrum to follow during the General Election.
1. Britain Elects (@britainelects)
One thing the last UK, US elections and the EU referendum has taught us is not to read too much into opinion polls. Britain Elects brings together all of those numbers with the results and a bit of humour thrown in. It’s your one-stop shop for the key stats.
MY POOR SLEEPING PATTERNS
— Britain Elects (@britainelects) April 18, 2017
2. Trumpton (@Trump_ton)
Trumpton is described as a ‘fictitious town run by an egotistic fool with a sense of entitlement – much like the USA or post-Brexit Britain’. The quick-wit in picture form will have you reaching for the ‘share’ button.
— Trumpton (@Trump_ton) May 8, 2017
3. Maomentum (@Maomentum_)
Meanwhile ‘Maomentum’ provides a satirical look at what the Corbyinsta-loving group Momentum are up to. How much momentum will there be once the polls close?
To be honest, this general election is an unwelcome distraction from the real business of winning the next leadership election.
— Maomentum (@Maomentum_) April 19, 2017
4. Alastair Campbell (@campbellclaret)
Formerly Labour’s PR chief and now editor at large at The New European, Alistair is a prolific tweeter and gets the ‘remain’ argument across in 140 characters or less. If you’re looking for Twitter spats Alastair has it covered.
The worrying thing would be if @theresa_may really believed that drivel she spouted outside Number 10 yesterday
— Alastair Campbell (@campbellclaret) May 4, 2017
5. Political Partridge (@politicalAP)
What will be the defining moments of the 2017 General Election? For every face-palm moment this account can find an Alan Partridge quote to go with it. For more light relief during the next seven weeks it’s worth following this account.
— Political Partridge (@PoliticalAP) June 15, 2016
6. Ian Dunt (@iandunt)
The author of ‘Brexit – What The Hell Happens Now?’ doesn’t hold back when it comes to giving an opinion on what’s happening in British politics. When Ian doesn’t have his head in his hands he’s informative and funny.
Imagine being so cautious you’re scared of debating Jeremy Corbyn.
— Ian Dunt (@IanDunt) April 18, 2017
7. Abby Tomlinson (@twcuddleston)
Credited as creating the Milifandom back in 2015 ahead of the last General Election, Abby provides insight into the despair of some Young Labour members. Having backed Andy Burnham and Owen Smith for leader as well as Ed Miliband’s 2015 election campaign, Abby jokes this time she will support Theresa May in the hope her curse will disrupt the PM’s chances.
hi I’d like to start my own faction called “labour friends of crying constantly for the next 2 months” who wants in
— Abby Tomlinson (@twcuddleston) April 18, 2017
8. Jim Waterson (@jimwaterson)
Jim and his colleagues at Buzzfeed provide their own take on the General Election with observations from the more irreverent side of politics.
Whatever you’re doing tonight, wherever you are in the world, please try to go at least ten minutes without having an argument about Corbyn. https://t.co/Za9GOTDfvj
— Jim Waterson (@jimwaterson) April 7, 2017
9. Michael Crick (@MichaelLCrick)
One of the reasons touted for another General Election is the story of alleged Tory party election fraud. Michael Crick was one of the key reporters who kept chipping away at this story when it was ignored by the BBC and other news organisations. For that alone he deserves a follow. It also wouldn’t be a General Election if he wasn’t door-stepping prominent politicians. See it all unfold on his Twitter.
BREAKING: The CPS have told Channel 4 News tonight that they are considering charges against more than 30 individuals. #electionexpenses
— Michael Crick (@MichaelLCrick) April 18, 2017
10. Bonnie Greer (@Bonn1eGreer)
Bonnie tells it like it is on Twitter, and is a massive advocate of getting Britain’s young voting in the elections which determine their future. If you want passion on your Twitter feed Bonnie is the one to follow.
— Bonnie Greer (@Bonn1eGreer) April 18, 2017
11. Steve Richards (@steverichards14)
Political columnist Steve Richard offers cool, calm, and collected thoughts on what’s going on while the rest of us are repeatedly tweeting tweets which start with ‘WTF?’.
A hung parlt in 2010, elections in 2015 and 2017, 2 destabilising referendums, leadership contests- symptoms of a troubled country.
— steve richards (@steverichards14) April 18, 2017
12. Jack Monroe (@mxjackmonroe)
The writer and activist is known for campaigning against food poverty, and recently received a boost on social media after taking on Katie Hopkins and winning. Jack previously was committed to the Labour Party but recently announced would be running for the National Health Action Party.
“We still haven’t heard from Corbyn” says the BBC.
Mate hang fire, give him a week ffs.
— Jack Monroe (@MxJackMonroe) April 18, 2017
13. Hope Not Hate (@HopeNotHate)
Hope Not Hate are a grassroots organisation actively campaigning to counter racism and fascism. Over the next seven weeks get involved with your local Hope Not Hate group to defeat those promoting hate at the ballot box.
— HOPE not hate (@hopenothate) April 1, 2017
14. Mike Smithson (@MSmithsonPB)
I’m not a betting man but if I was I’d be taking my advice from Political Betting’s Mike Smithson. He provides a rundown of how the market is reacting to the latest election news and polling.
This is the first time Opinium has found staying in single market placed ahead of ending free movement pic.twitter.com/dmCuUpjEIh
— Mike Smithson (@MSmithsonPB) May 6, 2017
15. Larry the Cat (@Number10cat)
This 12-year-old tabby cat has so far been able to spend longer in 10 Downing Street than any political party leader has led a party in recent times. Larry has cattitude, and as the General Election progresses you’ll want to see what stories he’s been getting his claws into on Twitter.
My sympathies to all the political journalists who are about to discover the deposit on their Summer holidays is non-refundable.
— Larry the Cat (@Number10cat) April 18, 2017
16. Politic Animal (@politic_animal)
Continuing the animal theme, up until recently the identity of this tweeter remained anonymous. Politic Animal is said to work in the Leader’s office at a London council and, while they may not be a big hitter in the political world, their quick wit and 140-character analysis has made them a ‘must read’ on my timeline.
At this point I’d like to spare a thought for the Boundary Commission, who must be wondering if a review will ever actually happen.
— [Restricted] Animal (@politic_animal) April 18, 2017
17. Dimblebot (@DIMBLEBOT)
It wouldn’t be a General Election if David Dimbleby wasn’t involved somewhere or somehow. The determination of Dimbleby to work all-nighters at election time has earned him the affectionate title ‘Dimblebot’ and an army of followers currently totalling over 18,000.
— DIMBLEBOT (@DIMBLEBOT) April 18, 2017
18. Paul Waugh (@paulwaugh)
The Huffington Post’s Paul Waugh keeps his eyes on all political journalists so you don’t have to! He’s tweeting at all hours of the day, I’m surprised he finds any time to sleep. He has access to backbenchers from all parties, and exclusives long before they hit the mainstream media.
— Paul Waugh (@paulwaugh) May 4, 2017
19. Olly Grender (@ollygrender)
Olly Grender was at the heart of Lib Dem operation during the coalition years, working in Number 10 for Nick Clegg, and as the party’s Head of Communications. Now a peer within the party Olly is particularly enthusiastic at getting the vote out for the Lib Dems.
Too all those #Brexit MPs, who opposed Lords Reform: you Reap what you Sow. You kept us as an amending body – we will fulfil that role.
— Olly Grender (@OllyGrender) January 24, 2017
20. Roy Greenslade (@GreensladeR)
As The Sun and Daily Mail ramp up the vitriol towards Theresa May’s Brexit opponents media commentator Roy Greenslade will call out the newspapers that go too far. What does Fleet Street really think about the General Election? You’ll find out here.
— Roy Greenslade (@GreensladeR) April 19, 2017
21. Caroline Lucas (@carolinelucas)
By the end of the last Parliament the Green Party ended up with more representation in the Commons than UKIP, a trend that is surely unlikely to change after this General Election. However unlike UKIP they don’t benefit from the same levels of publicity in the media. Caroline Lucas remains a level-headed thinker while the main political parties tear themselves apart.
Simple question to Jeremy Hunt: how can you justify corporate tax cuts while our NHS is starved of funds & people treated in corridors?#Marr
— Caroline Lucas (@CarolineLucas) May 7, 2017
22. Jon Snow (@jonsnowc4)
At the height of last year’s EU Referendum it was Channel 4 News’ veteran anchor Jon Snow who delivered one of the most impassioned pleas to get young people to register to vote on the country’s future. Let’s hope commentators like Jon can provide just as much enthusiasm to get young people out on June 8th.
— Channel 4 News (@Channel4News) May 6, 2017
23. John Prescott (@johnprescott)
The former Labour Deputy Prime Minister, Labour peer, and newspaper columnist throws the punches on social media. Expect humour in the way that only ‘two jags’ himself can deliver.
20 years ago Labour promised Things Can Only Get Better.
Today May promises to Crush The Saboteurs.
Choose Hope Not Threats.
Vote Labour pic.twitter.com/uje0RZEX88
— John Prescott (@johnprescott) April 18, 2017
24. Elizabeth Windsor (@queen_uk)
Regardless of the result of the General Election you can guarantee The Queen will have something to say about it. This parody account surfaced at the height of Twitter and the satire is still going strong. No one in the public eye is spared a ribbing from The Queen.
— Elizabeth Windsor (@Queen_UK) April 18, 2017
25. The New European (@TheNewEuropean)
The New European is essential reading with the best of the one publication that represents the 48%. It’s even essential reading for some Brexiteers too!
These moaning saboteurs have just got to get over it https://t.co/c5uGld8OKs
— The New European (@TheNewEuropean) May 7, 2017
You can find my nonsensical look at politics and the world of current affairs over at @jonoread.
— Jono Read (@jonoread) April 18, 2017