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Mirror Tweetometer sees politicians step up Twitter offensive

Frantic politicians are making their presence felt on Twitter as the UK general election looms large on the horizon, with candidates seeking to enthuse their followers to help get their vote out tomorrow.

The newspaper has been tracking thousands of tweets sent by candidates and how they are being received by their target audience to inform a live ranking of leading politicians it calls the Tweetometer.

The tool is being offered to political anoraks to scan specific constituencies and candidates to see how their favoured hopefuls, or the opposition, are faring.

Leading the top 10 are candidates from UKIP and SNP as well as Plaid Cymru, the Green party and NHA (National Health Action) although generally their followers fall below the 1,000 mark.

This compares to nearly a million followers for David Cameron, half a million for Ed Milliband and 237,000 for Nick Clegg.

Popular topics for discussion include the NHS, immigration and leaders’ performances.