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The Westminster Twitterverse

Twitter allows MPs to follow each other and this creates a network of connections among those at Westminster.

Using Twitter data we have visualised this network for every MP who served in the 2015-17 Parliament.

We find that the relative positions of some MPs resemble historic ties between parties. Labour is found to have a relatively stronger presence on Twitter than the Conservatives.

Large regional differences are revealed in how MPs engage with Twitter. And we discuss how the network might change following next week's general election.

Read the full article and view the network (requires Chrome)

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Cath Sleeman

Cath Sleeman

Cath Sleeman

Quantitative Research Fellow

Cath is the Quantitative Research Fellow at Nesta, working in the Policy and Research team. She is interested in scraping, analysing and visualising complex data.

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