- Spoke in 1 debate in the last year — 632nd out of 659 MPs.
- Asked 7 written questions in the last year — 471st out of 659 MPs.
- Replied within 14 days to 39% of messages sent via FaxYourMP.com during 2004 — 482nd out of 590 MPs. (Sample size: 79 faxes. Important Caveat.)
- Has attended 52% of votes in parliament — 559th out of 658 MPs. (From Public Whip)
Sunday, May 01, 2005
I got my shiny new postal voting form this weekend. It shows me 5 candidates, none of whom I've ever heard of. The incumbent MP, a Labour man, is retiring and everyone else seems new to the game. The two main parties, Labour and Conservative, are just a smidgeon apart - 2,015 votes in the last election. Apparently that makes where I live the most marginal seat in the capital. The bookies, who are, let's face it, rarely wrong with these things, have the Conservative's 11-4 on to take the seat with labour 2-1 against. Having money riding on it is always a useful indicator of commitment. The problem is, though, how do I tell what these candidates can do for me, for my street and for my borough? The ever useful Theyworkforyou.com tells me that the previous Labour candidate, Iain Coleman was, putting it fairly, nothing more than a middling MP (and, based on the figures below, I could probably be a lot less fair):
Posted by Alan at Sunday, May 01, 2005