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Nigel Farage beats Nick Clegg on Twitter during Europe debate


By Ishbel Macleod, PR and social media consultant

March 27, 2014 | 2 min read

Over 3,000 tweets were sent using the #LBCEurope hashtag during the debate between UKIP’s Nigal Farage and the Lib Dem’s Nick Clegg last night, with Farage pipping Clegg to the post when it came to positive mentions.In the past 24 hours, over 44,000 mentions were made to Farage on Twitter, while Clegg racked up 41,000 mentions.Research carried out by LBC, the radio station that hosted the debate, discovered that during the time of the debate itself, more positive tweets were sent about Farage than opponent Clegg.Farage’s joke about the food in Europe led to the most positive comments, but his views on Bulgarians and Romanians stopped him from being an outstanding Twitter winner.

Clegg saw a spike in positive comments on Twitter when he was discussing the benefits that European membership brings when it comes to dealing with paedophiles and criminals abroad.However, his opinions on the economy – including his point that EU migrants contributed £22 billion to UK economy – was his downfall.
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