Diane Abbott in top ten Twitter list

Hackney MP Diane Abbott has been voted the ninth most influential politician on Twitter, according to an online poll.

PeerIndex poll has ranked the Labour MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington ninth out of the 241 tweeting MPs for her tweets on political, health and economical issues.

Ms Abbott said: “I can honestly say I am a full believer in the power of Twitter and I am completely hooked. I write all of my own tweets and my responses are genuinely what I feel about the issue in question.”

The index is calculated by assessing the number of followers, the rapport with those followers and the rate of activity of the MP in question. The index also highlights specific topics that MPs are particularly fond of tweeting about.

Ms Abbott said: “Social networks and other forms of new media have helped make it much faster and simpler to speak to people in a way that we as MPs have never have been able to speak to previously.”

Over a third of Britain’s MPs have now established a presence on Twitter including Labour leader Ed Miliband and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg.

Here is the top 10 list of Twittering MPs, along with their Twitter username, number of followers and their political party.

1. Steve Baker – @sjbaker – 1629 – Conservative

2. Ed Miliband – @ed_miliband – 50199 – Labour

3. Douglas Carswell – @DouglasCarswell – 3602 – Conservative

4. Ed Balls – @edballsmp – 20932- Labour

5. Grant Shapps – @grantshapps – 17499- Conservative

6. Chuka Umunna – @chukaumunna – 6874 – Labour

7. Nick Clegg – @nick_clegg – 56034 – Liberal Democrat

8. Tom Watson – @tom_watson – 15633 – Labour

9. Diane Abbott – @hackneyabbott – 10029 – Labour

10. Alison McGovern – @alison_mcgovern – 2210 – Labour

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