It's Prickles v Prezza on Twitter

Conservative communities secretary Eric Pickles and former Labour deputy PM John Prescott have a history of antagonism, running back to a joke the former made two years ago about the latter's bulimia. Recently, the Tory heavyweight had a fresh dig at Prezza over his department's spending – particularly on pot plants. Now it appears the battle is heading for Twitter. Apparently Pickles reckons he will soon overtake Prescott in terms of followers – he currently has 11,600 against Prezza's 38,700. The Daily Telegraph reports that Pickles's followers include Charlie Whelan and Evan Davis – and despite his role in the frontline of government cost-cutting, his bashing of council-run freesheets could win him a few fans among newspaper publishers too.

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