Ed Miliband new Labour leader – Result sets Twitter alight

Earlier today we gave you news on how to follow the Labour Party Leadership results as it was announced at the Labour Conference in Manchester. The announcement was to be made late this afternoon and many people wanted to follow what was happening on live blogs, or on Twitter or Facebook.

The result was finally announced around 5:00 pm and to many people’s surprise it was Ed Miliband who just pipped his older brother David to the top spot and is now the new Labour Leader. The announcement was received warmly among those assembled at the conference, and Ed was congratulated by brother David and the other candidates.

Now an article by Tim Glanfield over on Beehive City tells how the leadership announcement made a huge impact on social network site Twitter. Apparently in the hour before and after the declaration was made, 8 out of the 10 top UK Twitter trends were related to the Labour Party. In a strange anomaly though, although Harriet Harman, David Miliband, the Labour Party and Trade Unions all made the top 10 trends, Ed Miliband’s name did not.

That’s even odder when you consider that Ed Miliband has more followers on the social network than any other Labour MP, around 25,000. In fact the article tells us that only 3 more people from the UK in politics have more followers than Ed Miliband and those are Boris Johnson, Nick Clegg and Alastair Campbell. Ed Miliband has already taken the time to Tweet to his followers since his confirmation as Labour Leader took place and said, “I’m deeply honoured and proud to have been elected leader of the Labour party. Thank you. Now the work of a new generation begins.”

For more on this go to beehivecity.com. Are you somebody who is now more inclined to follow politics online or through social media rather than the traditional routes? If so why is that? We’d be interested in your thoughts about this so please do send us your comments.