As we've had a month or so of parliamentary action, perhaps a quick glance at their recent performance is in order. It doesn't make good reading for the Liberal Democrats or the Tories, while the nine Labour MPs all have solid attendance records. (Votes are those attended since the start of the current session, questions are written questions asked within the last twelve calendar months) . Sourced from They Work For You and The Public Whip and correct at time of going to 'presss'.
Name, Constituency, Votes, Questions
Lynne Jones, Selly Oak - 100% - 19
Liam Byrne, Hodge Hill - 100% - 77
Richard Burden, Northfield - 100% - 34
Roger Godsiff, Sparkbrook/Small Heath - 100% - 28
Gisela Stuart, Edgbaston - 100% - 10
Steve McCabe, Hall Green - 100% - 7
Sion Simon, Erdington - 90% - 4
Khalid Mahmood, Perry Barr - 90% - 1
Clare Short, Ladywood - 84% - 29
John Hemming, Yardley - 58% - 58
Andrew Mitchell, Sutton Coldfield - 47% - 43
John Hemming is saved from being the worst-performing MP in Birmingham only because of the Tory MP in Sutton Coldfield (which is not part of Birmingham in the eyes of the Liberal Democrats and the Tories, as we know - although the Boundary Commission begs to differ). Not only that, John's is the eighth worst performance by a Liberal Democrat MP (not counting the late Patsy Calton) - another of the LD worst performers is also 'dual-hatted' as a local councillor as well. If John is seeking to excuse his performance as down to not having acquired office space, then I can point out that his new colleague across the border in Solihull, Lorely Burt, managed to make 85% of the divisions in the House.
The title of the most pointless MP who has actually taken the oath (Sinn Fein MPs don't swear in, so can't vote) goes to 'Gorgeous' George Galloway who has been effectively representing his constituents in Bethnal and Bow by not attending a single vote. No Respect for their votes at all, there.