Zack Polanski

Every month Bright Green takes a look at Greens on social media, breaking down who has the most followers in the UK’s Green Parties with a rolling league table. We set out who’s up and who’s down, while also providing analysis of why some people are making more of a splash than others. You can find out our criteria for the Green League here.

Who made it into the March 2023 Green League?

17 people made it into March 2023’s Green League. This means that we have a new entry for only the second time since we began running this league table.

Green Party of England and Wales deputy leader Zack Polanski has reached the threshold to join the league table by virtue of reaching 20,000 followers on Twitter. He is the first Green to make it onto the table by hitting the criteria on a single channel, rather than across all of them.

Green MP Caroline Lucas still tops the table, with over 500,000 more followers across all her channels than second placed Natalie Bennett. Co-leader of the Scottish Greens Patrick Harvie remains the highest placed Scot, and along with former MEP Magid Magid he makes up the four Greens with over 100,000 followers.

Who’s up and who’s down?

Caroline Lucas and Jenny Jones are the only Greens in our league table who added over 1,000 followers this month. Lucas added almost 4,000 followers to her tally, with Jones gaining almost 2,000.

Other Greens on the table increased their following this month. Within our league table, the other Greens who saw the most significant growth this month were new entrant Zack Polanski, Ross Greer, Natalie Bennett, Lorna Slater, and Patrick Harvie. Magid Magid and Jonathan Bartley had the highest fall in followers this month, with their accounts now largely inactive.

Looking at individual platforms, Scottish Greens MSP Ross Greer remains the most followed Green on TikTok by a substantial margin. He has almost 2,000 more followers than second placed Natalie Bennett. Patrick Harvie remains ahead on Mastodon, with over 5,000 followers, almost double that of second placed Molly Scott Cato. Caroline Lucas has the most followers across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Below the 17 who made into the table, there’s also lots of movement. Green Party of England and Wales co-leader Carla Denyer had the most growth outside of our table, adding almost 400 followers to her tally, the majority on Twitter. Other Greens seeing big increases in their following this month include Green Party of England and Wales migration spokesperson Benali Hamdache, Gillian Mackay MSP, London Mayoral candidate Zoë Garbett, and Maggie Chapman MSP – all of whom saw substantial growth on Twitter.

The Green League – Full table, March 2023

  1. Caroline Lucas – 763,500 followers (-) (TwitterFacebookInstagram)
  2. Natalie Bennett – 233,500 followers (-) (TwitterFacebookInstagramTikTok)
  3. Magid Magid – 168,500 followers (-) (TwitterFacebookInstagram)
  4. Patrick Harvie – 122,500 followers (-) (TwitterFacebookInstagram, Mastodon)
  5. Molly Scott Cato – 84,000 followers (-) (TwitterFacebookInstagram, Mastodon)
  6. Sian Berry – 82,000 followers (-) (TwitterFacebookInstagram, Mastodon)
  7. Jenny Jones – 71,500 followers (-) (TwitterFacebookInstagram)
  8. Amelia Womack – 66,500 followers (-) (TwitterFacebookInstagramTikTok)
  9. Ross Greer – 65,000 followers (-) (TwitterFacebookInstagramTikTok)
  10. Jonathan Bartley – 63,000 followers (-) (TwitterFacebookInstagram)
  11. Matt Zarb-Cousin – 58,000 followers (-) (Twitter, Instagram, TikTok, Mastodon)
  12. Rupert Read – 42,500 followers (-) (TwitterFacebookInstagram, TikTok)
  13. Caroline Russell – 35,500 followers (-) (TwitterFacebookInstagram, Mastodon)
  14. Lorna Slater – 35,000 followers (-) (TwitterFacebookInstagram, Mastodon)
  15. Adam Ramsay – 30,500 followers (-) (TwitterInstagram)
  16. Jean Lambert – 29,000 followers (-) (TwitterFacebook)
  17. Zack Polanski – 24,500 followers (NEW) (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Mastodon)

Think someone is missing from this list? Let us know in the comments below or on TwitterFacebook, Instagram or Mastodon.

Note that all follower counts listed above are rounded to the nearest 500. All data should be accurate as of 17 March 2023.

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