Having told you why you need Twitter for the General Election, it’s only right we advise you on the accounts that must be followed in order to give you the full Election experience. For opinions from every side of the race, latest news and controversial views, here’s the 10 accounts you must be following over the coming months…
10: Owen Jones
Twitter handle: @OwenJones84
Who is he? Journalist & Author
Watch him in action: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jn9u-q5uDCw
As the Left’s most popular voice in 2017, Guardian columnist and author Jones will be as vocal as anyone over the coming months. Those who doubt whether he can handle the big hitters should watch the video link above, where he takes on the fearsome Alistair Campbell for an interview with GQ.
9: Julia Hartley-Brewer
Twitter handle: @JuliaHB1
Who is she? Broadcaster & Journalist.
Watch her in action: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FjBFvCh57YM
If Owen Jones will provide the views from the Left, then Julia Hartley-Brewer will balance your feed. Click the link above to watch the two debate on Sky News. Expect fireworks from her Twitter account this year, with her fierce views from the right sure to cause a stir.
8: Alastair Campbell
Twitter handle: @campbellclaret
Who is he? Former Press Secretary, Author & Columnist
Watch him in action: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ep2PuXu8fcY
Campbell is one of the biggest names in British Politics, having worked under Tony Blair’s government as Director of communications and strategy. Now a columnist, broadcaster and author, Campbell’s left wing views lead to many confrontations (see the link above) both on TV and on Twitter. All the more reason to give him a follow.
7: Theresa May
Twitter handle: @theresa_may
Who is she? UK Prime Minister
Watch her in action: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gUKRJTXCdrM
While she’s certainly no Donald Trump when it comes to Twitter, Theresa May is someone you need to be following this election. Don’t expect too many fireworks – her account is clearly managed by her team – but if you’re looking for views from both sides of the race, it’s essential you follow both leading candidates.
6: Jeremy Corbyn
Twitter handle: @jeremycorbyn
Who is he? Leader of the Labour party
Watch him in action: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TrD5Ip0WQVo
Labour’s controversial leader is a little more feisty than his election counterpart, regularly aiming tweets at May, often provoking little response from her. His recent “If Theresa May is so proud of her record, why won’t she debate it?” tweet might have been ignored by her, but it certainly shows why he needs to be followed.
5: Jim Waterson
Twitter handle: @jimwaterson
Who is he? Buzzfeed Political Editor
Watch him in action: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g7QR9PHR_OE
He has over 90,000 followers for a reason. Waterson is as active as anyone on Twitter, providing opinionated, entertaining tweets for the public. He’s sure to be active over the next couple months, so make sure you follow him to stay up to date with all the twists and turns of the general election.
4: Nick Robinson
Twitter handle: @bbcnickrobinson
Who is he? Former BBC/ITV Political Editor & Currently BBC Radio 4 Presenter
Watch him in action: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Znbp7TPL85w
Robinson’s insight into the world of British politics is priceless, having worked as Political Editor at both the BBC and ITV. Opinionated and informative, his tweets will keep you up to date while giving a good balance amongst the chaos of the election.
3: Sadiq Khan
Twitter handle: @SadiqKhan
Who is he? Mayor Of London
Watch him in action: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4MaSLVyLLuE
Khan might not get dragged into confrontations on social media, but as the Mayor Of London his opinions will be interesting over the coming months. Having already stated that he would “fight for every Labour vote at the General Election” Khan has set the tone for an interesting feed as we go to the ballots.
2: Robert Peston
Twitter handle: @Peston
Who is he? ITV Political Reporter & TV Presenter
Watch him in action: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9cfy9HuznCk
Having over 826,000 followers should tell you all you need to know. Peston is the reporting voice of political reporting in Britain, with his popular ‘Peston on Sunday’ TV show and insightful reporting making his Twitter account an essential follow over the coming months.
1: Piers Morgan
Twitter handle: @piersmorgan
Who is he? Journalist & TV Presenter
Watch him in action: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_NEqlfWSOrQ
Controversial, witty (or annoying?) and straight to the point. Morgan boasts comfortably over 5 million followers on Twitter, as well as appearing on our TV screens every morning on Good Morning Britain. For those who don’t know what to expect from him, check out the link above. It makes for entertaining viewing, as does his extremely active Twitter feed. Expect rants, aimed tweets and arguments in abundance.