He's been called many things in his time but now Kirklees Council leader Mehboob Khan is King of the Tweets.
Many politicians have found the resource a great help in getting their message out to voters. You can see who has the most followers in our gallery above.
Boris Johnson, the London mayor, for example, is in a league of his own with a huge following of 855,000 followers.
If we take Boris out of the equation, Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson is second in the Twitter League with 11,600 followers while Bristol’s independent elected mayor George Ferguson has more with 16,300.
Sefton’s Peter Dowd, by contrast, has just 260, a pitiful 0.09% of Sefton’s electorate.
Brighton’s Green party council leader, the wonderfully named Jason Kitcat, is next with 3,874.
But leading the way in Yorkshire is Clr Khan with 3,344 followers.
And for a much larger city, Newcastle leader Nick Forbes is sixth with just 2,826.
Khan shows up well too against the Manchester leader Sir Richard Leese who is well down the table with 1,692, (that’s 0.34% of the total electorate).
Mehboob said: “I find it a very useful tool. Many politicians shy away from it because they think there are not completely in control.
“But in my experience you don’t want to control social media but you want people to contact you and engage with community issues.
“And other politicians worry that they won’t have time to tweet but, again, to be honest if truth be known I don’t actually tweet as much as I would like to.
“And I shan’t be changing my Twitter address when I move to London.
“I started when Twitter became available around four or five years ago and I do it all myself whereas George and Joe pay someone £40,000 full time to do tweet on their behalf.”
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