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How ITV leaders' debate fared on Twitter - 8,657 tweets per minute sent and Gary Lineker slams Farage

Last night’s leaders' debate on ITV – the first TV broadcast involving all seven party leaders – triggered 1.5 million tweets over the space of a few hours, with an average 8,657 tweets sent per minute, according to Twitter.

The televised debate saw David Cameron, Ed Miliband, Nick Clegg, Nigel Farage, Natalie Bennett, Nicola Sturgeon and Leanne Wood all go head to head on topics including the economy, NHS, immigration and the future of Britain.

A separate debate unfolded on Twitter with a total 277,685 people dissecting the performance of the leaders.

Gary Lineker, Charlie Brooker and Rob Brydon had their tweets retweeted the most times, according to Twitter, with each venting their frustrations about the debate.

Lineker took a swipe at UKIP leader Nigel Farage:

His comment was retweeted 12,714 times and favourited 12,162 times. Meanwhile actor Rob Brydon also mocked the set-up, tweeting the below message which was retweeted 6,314 times.

Guardian columnist and broadcaster Charlie Brooker's tweet (below) about Nigel Farage's claim that 60 per cent of HIV sufferers in the country are not British nationals - which was among the three core moments in which tweets spiked during the broadcast, was retweeted 7,632 times.

Rupert Murdoch summarised his thoughts on the debate in the below tweet:

Meanwhile a parody Prince Charles account mocked the set-up as a looking akin to a scene from ITV's dating show Take Me Out.

The parody account, which has 395,000 followers, tweeted the below message, which was retweeted 6,895 times, and favourited 5,019 times - among the messages to recieve the highest nunmber of retweets, according to Twitter.

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