Tweets from #leadersdebate (2015 UK General Election TV Debates)



Tweets using #leadersdebate hashtag collected during ITV Leader's Debate on 2nd April 2015 in the lead-up to the 2015 UK General Election. 100 tweets were requested from the Search API every 30 seconds, beginning at the start of the debate and continuing for approximately 90 minutes afterwards. Retweets were excluded.

772 tweets (every 20th message) were analysed and are provided here.

Due to licensing restrictions, only the tweet IDs can be made available. Users of this data will need to acquire the full tweets themselves using the Twitter API. Some tweets may have subsequently been deleted or made private.

At the time of writing the most appropriate API to use is GET statuses/lookup ( This can return 100 tweets by ID per request call, requiring eight requests in total.
Date made available20 Aug 2015
PublisherUniversity of Dundee
Temporal coverage2 Apr 2015 - 2 Apr 2015
Date of data production2 Apr 2015

Research Output

  • 1 Conference contribution

Understanding How People Use Twitter During Election Debates

Gorkovenko, K. & Taylor, N., 2017, Proceedings of the 31st International BCS Human Computer Interaction Conference (HCI 2017). Hall, L., Flint, T., O'Hara, S. & Turner, P. (eds.). United Kingdom: BCS Learning and Development Ltd, 6 p. (Electronic Workshops in Computing (eWiC)).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Open Access
  • 3 Citations (Scopus)
    151 Downloads (Pure)

    Student Theses

    Second Screens for Engagement with Political Discourse

    Author: Gorkovenko, K., 2019

    Supervisor: Taylor, N. (Supervisor) & Rogers, J. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


    Cite this

    Taylor, N. (Creator), Gorkovenko, K. (Contributor) (20 Aug 2015). Tweets from #leadersdebate (2015 UK General Election TV Debates). University of Dundee. leadersdebate_public_limited(.txt). 10.15132/e0f2d122-f40f-449d-93b1-e58300ab1f3f