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Best and worst MPs for Parliamentary Activity

Jonny Clark

25th February 2016

Various news outlets are reporting that the House of Parliament's library has released figures on the number of speeches and written questions that have been undertaken by MPs since the General Election of 2015 (although interestingly, I've found it difficult to find these statistics myself - what does that say?).

What makes these statistics interesting is that it gives some indication of the level of activity of MPs and could be used as a judgment about their level of involvement with the political process. The MP with the highest overall level of questions and speeches is the Labour Party's Louise Haigh (with 90 speeches and 471 questions) whilst the lowest is Conservative Royston Smith (with 5 questions and 2 speeches). An A level student may wish to analyse these statistics a little further - Smith claims that his low level of activity in Parliament is due to his high level of activity within his constituency. The actual lowest level of activity is from the 4 Sinn Fein MPs who refuse to participate in Westminster activities as they do not recognise the House's legitimacy.

Here is the Labour Party's article on Haigh and here is an interesting article from the Independent about Smith.

Jonny Clark

Jon Clark has been teaching economics and business studies for over 25 years primarily in the Further Education sector. Before joining tutor2u, he was a senior manager at South Cheshire College in Crewe.

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