The Tories are so unpopular on social media that they’re taking the Putin’esq step of hiring an “army of tweeters,” the Telegraph reports today.

The magnitude of the task laying ahead of these cyber cons has been amusingly demonstrated over the weekend by Ben Bradley’s apology to Jeremy Corbyn.

The statement tweeted out by the Tory MP shortly after 10.30pm on Saturday night has so far been shared by more than 47,000 users:

Scrapbook’s done some research on how that compares to the reach of his party and the results are pretty funny/tragic depending on what your political outlook is.

We found that this one post has received more retweets than every original tweet from the Tory party’s official account in 2018 combined.

At the time of writing on Monday morning, the @Conservatives account had amassed 46,162 retweets over some 300 posts since January 1.

That left them more than 600 retweets shy of Bradley’s apology.

Theresa May is even further behind, having received 29,000 retweets this year.

And, excluding his most famous work, Ben Bradley’s tweets in 2018 have been shared just over 5,000 times.

To appreciate the full magnitude of the response to Bradley’s apology, here’s a Donald Trump fact: It’s been retweeted more times than all but one of the US President’s posts in February.

This tweet below has been shared more than 52,000 times. It’s possible Bradley’s apology will get above that by the end of the month.

Either way, it’s starting to look like those spy smears might have backfired…

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  1. IT’S A DISGRACE THAT THE SUN AND MAIL CAN PUT LIES OUT THERE FOR MANY TO SEE AND BELIEVE, AND NOT BE FORCED TO PRINT A RETRACTION ON THEIR FRONT PAGES.

  2. Jean Christina says:

    ABSOLUTE DISGRACE. Lies lies lies, people believe it. Why would nt they if they just see headines everywhere. Everyone has a right to make an informed decision. These lying headlines effect the ultimate result in public election. Its dishonest its liebelous.Tell the truth, like labour or hate Them, like Tory! Or hate them, We needeed the TRUTH., not blatent smearing destructivr lies. The press should be a respectable trustworthy source of information.

  3. There is no coming back from this for the Torys. The attacks are consistent and relentless with each subsequant attack doing evermore irrepairable damage. We could be looking at decades in the political wilderness and possibly obscurity.

  4. I think you missed a chance to accurately label him. From now on he should always be known as:
    the ‘Liar Ben Bradley’ or
    the ‘Tory Liar Ben Bradley’

  5. Jeremy Corbyn – are you or have you ever been a communist – no

    Eric Pickles – are you or have you ever been a communist – yes

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