The week on Twitter

1 Dec 2016


Welcome to the latest edition of This Week on Twitter for Westminster HUB where we take a look at the week’s biggest political news through the eyes of Twitter. This last week saw the passing of Cuban leader and revolutionary Fidel Castro. The death was greeted with a mixture of reactions, the statement that Jeremy Corbyn released caught most attention, causing much controversy.


On Monday there was also the announcement of who will follow Nigel Farage and Diane James as the leader of UKIP. The winner, Paul Nuttall, received a frosty welcome from many on Twitter as his opponents wasted no time in attacking some of his views. The end of the week will see the Richmond Park by-election in which the two front runners spent their week canvassing and publicising themselves. 


Contrasting Castro Condolences


Jeremy Corbyn caused some controversy this week as he reacted to the death of Cuban leader Fidel Castro. The statement he released praised the revolution leader as a champion of social justice and brushed aside some of Castro’s darker history with the phrase ‘for all his flaws.’ This caused much disagreement and discussion among many Twitter users.

The statement Corbyn released sparked a mixture of emotions and the phrase, “For all his flaws,” began a flood of tweets, pictures and memes which made fun of what the phrase swept aside.

The Labour leader’s decision to praise the Cuban leader did however go down well with some including Labour MP and Corbyn ally, Clive Lewis, who tweeted this picture of Nelson Mandela with the late Cuban leader.

Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Tim Farron, also released a statement on Castro’s death which was more warmly received by sections of Twitter claiming he had a more accurate tone.


Nuttall Next UKIP Leader


On Monday it was announced that the next leader of UKIP was to be Paul Nuttall. He fought off competition from Suzanne Evans and takes over the mantle from acting leader, Nigel Farage. His win was greeted with a chorus of attacks from many of his political opponents on some of his more controversial views but he did receive congratulations from his predecessor.

After his victory the new UKIP leader was quick to put across his priorities on his own Twitter account with a firm focus on ensuring “Brexit means Brexit.”

However his political opponents, such as the Labour press team, were quick to point out some of the more extreme things that Mr Nuttall had said in the past and publicised the comments on Twitter.

As usual on Twitter there were those that took the opportunity for a bit of humour and latched on to the short period of time Diane James was leader of the party for some jokes at UKIP’s expense.


By-Election Build Up


In the final few days before the Richmond Park by-election the two main candidates, Sarah Olney for the Lib Dems and Zac Goldsmith standing as an independent were busy campaigning. Nick Clegg joined Sarah Olney in the final days to help win over the Richmond Park voters.

Meanwhile Zac Goldsmith suffered a late campaign blow as he managed to get hit by his own car on the way to the final hustings. While out campaigning and delivering leaflets a volunteer managed to clip the MP in his own car and although unharmed, it was reported that he did have his trousers ‘shredded’.

The results of the Richmond Park by-election should be known by late Thursday or early Friday and depending on the winner it could spark some big political discussions in the coming week. Brexit will once again be dominate the headlines as well as continuing speculation of who will form Donald Trump’s inner circle within the White House.  


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