Saturday, December 24, 2005

End of term reports

As promised, here's the run down on what your MPs in Birmingham & Solihull have been up to since the new term started. In order of voting performance - one of the key reasons we send these folks off to Westminster, here's the league table.

Erdington - Sion Simon - Labour
91% of votes attended
5 written questions asked, costing £670
Spoken in 10 debates

Edgbaston - Gisela Stuart - Labour
88% of votes attended
8 written questions asked, costing £1,072
Spoken in 14 debates

Hodge Hill - Liam Byrne - Labour
85% of votes attended
Health minister, so does not submit written questions
Spoken in 24 debates

Sparkbrook & Small Heath - Roger Godsiff - Labour
82% of votes attended
15 written questions asked, costing £2,010
Spoken in 3 debates

Solihull - Lorely Burt - Liberal Democrat
82% of votes attended
13 questions asked, costing £1,742
Spoken in 12 debates

Selly Oak - Lynne Jones - Labour
77% of votes attended
215 written questions asked, costing £28,810
Spoken in 27 debates

Northfield - Richard Burden - Labour
76% of votes attended
16 written questions asked, costing £2,144
Spoken in 20 debates

Ladywood - Clare Short - Labour
71% of votes attended
39 written questions asked, costing £3,886
Spoken in 4 debates

Perry Barr - Khalid Mahmood - Labour
69% of votes attended
2 written questions asked, costing £268
Spoken in 8 debates

Yardley - John 'Superstud' Hemming - Liberal Democrat
62% of votes attended
199 written questions asked costing £26,666
Spoken in 20 debates

Sutton Coldfield - Andrew Mitchell - Conservative
62% of votes attended
20 written questions asked, costing £2,680
Spoken in 10 debates

Sadly, the bottom two don't face relegation.

Not yet, at least.


Chris Black said...

So if you vote a lot and hardly ever ask any questions , that's good is it?

Seems like you have your list the wrong way round.

Stephen Booth said...

Thanks for that, I had been thinking of putting in an FOI request for the total cost of all questions put in by John Hemming, MP. Being as at the next election I will be in his constituency (assuming that it is his after that election), I'm interested to know how and if he will be representing me. I know it's a terribly old fashioned idea but, I do feel that the principle job of an elected representative should be to represent those who elected them.

Stephen Booth said...

In response to Chris Black:

As a vetran of many conferences and meetings between elected officials, I find that in the face of another long speech or irrelevant question I generally favour going straight to a vote.

PoliticalHack said...

Chris: As long as the questions are relevant, then an MP can ask as many as s/he likes. I'd question whether some of John's have been worth the cost. As for the voting, that's kinda the point of being an MP - representing your constituency at Westminster and taking part in the decision-making process.

Stephen - my figures are based upon the published average cost of a written question. Some of John's may cost less and some more, but given the volume of questions, he's probably going to be around the average cost/question of £134. I'd doubt that a FoI request would throw up anything more, as the cost of calculating individual costs might be prohibitive.