Statistics show divide between MPs in Commons

OFFICIAL statistics from an independent body have revealed how often local MPs take part in debates in the Commons.

Hansard reports from the TheyWorkForYou website reveal that since January 2011, New Forest East Conservative MP Dr Julian Lewis has spoken 87 times and has received answers to 39 written questions.

The website, which monitors MPs and peers, says the number speeches and questions from Mr Lewis are both “well above average”.

Already this year, Mr Lewis has spoken in the Holocaust Memorial Day and Nuclear Deterrent debates in the House of Commons.

Prime Minister David Cameron said: “Julian Lewis has a formidable reputation in the field of defence and disarmament”

In contrast, North Dorset Conservative MP Bob Walter, who covers Verwood and Alderholt, has spoken in five debates and has not received any answers to written questions.

His most recent debates last year in the Commons include community hospitals and the House of Lords reform bill. According to the same website, Mr Walter is “well below average” among MPs.

But Mr Walter is described as an “excellent constituency MP” and much of his work is done through private letters.

New Forest West Conservative MP Desmond Swayne spoke in two debates and received answers to two written questions last year – a performance described as “well below average” among MPs.

However, in September 2012, Prime Minister David Cameron appointed Mr Swayne as a Government whip (senior lord commissioner of HM Treasury).

And whips in the House of Commons do not speak in debates.

Mr Swayne said: “Whips do not speak or ask questions. They are ministers whose job it is to deiver the goverment's business.

“This involves work in the chamber and in the standing committees for long hours. Whips arrive first, stay throughout, and leave last.

“In addition i carry the constituency responsibilities and duties of any other member: correspondence; visits; surgeries etc.”

A statement on the TheyWorkForYou reads: “We realise that data such as the number of debates spoken in means little in terms of an MP’s actual performance.

“When you're judging your MP, read some of their speeches, check out their website, even go to a local meeting and ask them a question.”

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12:21am Mon 4 Feb 13

Grampie says...

They work for you http://du114w.dub114
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Our local MP, John Glen often ask inconsequential questions. Most of his questions have nothing to do with local problems. Invariably they just waste the time of ministers.

Interesting site, though.
They work for you http://du114w.dub114 .mail.live.com/defau lt.aspx#!/mail/Inbox Light.aspx?n=4119108 38!n=260597918&fid=1 &fav=1&mid=324b4596- 6c4b-11e2-bbeb-00237 de41794&fv=1 Our local MP, John Glen often ask inconsequential questions. Most of his questions have nothing to do with local problems. Invariably they just waste the time of ministers. Interesting site, though. Grampie

6:27am Mon 4 Feb 13

karlmarx says...

Nice little earner for our 'local' MP too...

"Payment of £200 from The Salisbury Medical Society, for speaking at a quarterly meeting. Address: The Education Centre, Level 5, Salisbury District Hospital, Salisbury SP2 8BJ. Hours: 2 hrs. (Registered 10 July 2012)"

I make that £100 per hour.

Shame he supports the Salisbury NHS trust in their attempt to 'save money' by 'altering' the staffs terms and conditions.

I thought they were trying to save money?
Nice little earner for our 'local' MP too... "Payment of £200 from The Salisbury Medical Society, for speaking at a quarterly meeting. Address: The Education Centre, Level 5, Salisbury District Hospital, Salisbury SP2 8BJ. Hours: 2 hrs. (Registered 10 July 2012)" I make that £100 per hour. Shame he supports the Salisbury NHS trust in their attempt to 'save money' by 'altering' the staffs terms and conditions. I thought they were trying to save money? karlmarx

6:36am Mon 4 Feb 13

karlmarx says...

"Voted against a more proportional system for electing MPs"

I wonder why?

"Voted very strongly for university tuition fees"

In contradiction to 'supporting education'

"Voted for raising England’s undergraduate tuition fee cap to £9,000 per year"

Another contradiction (trebling Labours uni' fees and, ignoring the 'coalition partners' promise of 'no increase in student fees'. So much for the 'coalition' partnership.

"Voted very strongly for increasing the rate of VAT"

Thanks, we needed that. Blame the Labour party?

"Voted strongly for more EU integration"

But now wants a referendum on leaving. Yet another u-turn.

"Voted for replacing Trident"

Suddenly found a spare £130 billion lying about in the office drawers?
"Voted against a more proportional system for electing MPs" I wonder why? "Voted very strongly for university tuition fees" In contradiction to 'supporting education' "Voted for raising England’s undergraduate tuition fee cap to £9,000 per year" Another contradiction (trebling Labours uni' fees and, ignoring the 'coalition partners' promise of 'no increase in student fees'. So much for the 'coalition' partnership. "Voted very strongly for increasing the rate of VAT" Thanks, we needed that. Blame the Labour party? "Voted strongly for more EU integration" But now wants a referendum on leaving. Yet another u-turn. "Voted for replacing Trident" Suddenly found a spare £130 billion lying about in the office drawers? karlmarx

9:42am Mon 4 Feb 13

HorseBurger says...

A quick look on the site confirms that Most of the above is misleading.
http://www.theyworkf
oryou.com/search/?s=
john+glen

Trolls.
A quick look on the site confirms that Most of the above is misleading. http://www.theyworkf oryou.com/search/?s= john+glen Trolls. HorseBurger

10:13am Mon 4 Feb 13

Grampie says...

HorseBurger wrote:
A quick look on the site confirms that Most of the above is misleading.
http://www.theyworkf

oryou.com/search/?s=

john+glen

Trolls.
Which part of the above is misleading?
[quote][p][bold]HorseBurger[/bold] wrote: A quick look on the site confirms that Most of the above is misleading. http://www.theyworkf oryou.com/search/?s= john+glen Trolls.[/p][/quote]Which part of the above is misleading? Grampie

4:34pm Mon 4 Feb 13

HorseBurger says...

Especially all your points.

In the first page of 20 results for John Glen, in less than a month, he has been commended by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon for his work and asked 6 local-related questions (not including waste disposal points), as well as other questions which are of national importance.

I have a feeling that your mind is made up and you are not interested in the facts. I don't agree with karlmarx either, but at least it is obviously his opinion, rather than erroneous statements of fact
Especially all your points. In the first page of 20 results for John Glen, in less than a month, he has been commended by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon for his work and asked 6 local-related questions (not including waste disposal points), as well as other questions which are of national importance. I have a feeling that your mind is made up and you are not interested in the facts. I don't agree with karlmarx either, but at least it is obviously his opinion, rather than erroneous statements of fact HorseBurger

6:58pm Mon 4 Feb 13

byeway says...

For all our MPs faults and misunderstandings,at least he is not a lying,cheating Rt.Hon.Chris Hulme.MP(For one more week).
For all our MPs faults and misunderstandings,at least he is not a lying,cheating Rt.Hon.Chris Hulme.MP(For one more week). byeway

7:59pm Mon 4 Feb 13

Grampie says...

HorseBurger wrote:
Especially all your points.

In the first page of 20 results for John Glen, in less than a month, he has been commended by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon for his work and asked 6 local-related questions (not including waste disposal points), as well as other questions which are of national importance.

I have a feeling that your mind is made up and you are not interested in the facts. I don't agree with karlmarx either, but at least it is obviously his opinion, rather than erroneous statements of fact
Look further back than a month. I used the word often and if you follow my posts you would know that I have congratulated him on occasions for issues raised.

Many of the local issues he raises can be dealt in other ways than asking questions in parliament.

I am sure he doesn't get upset with a bit of political banter and niggling. Members of his party do it all the time, so why can't we?

Have you checked out how much he claimed for accommodation expenses in 2010-2011?
[quote][p][bold]HorseBurger[/bold] wrote: Especially all your points. In the first page of 20 results for John Glen, in less than a month, he has been commended by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon for his work and asked 6 local-related questions (not including waste disposal points), as well as other questions which are of national importance. I have a feeling that your mind is made up and you are not interested in the facts. I don't agree with karlmarx either, but at least it is obviously his opinion, rather than erroneous statements of fact[/p][/quote]Look further back than a month. I used the word often and if you follow my posts you would know that I have congratulated him on occasions for issues raised. Many of the local issues he raises can be dealt in other ways than asking questions in parliament. I am sure he doesn't get upset with a bit of political banter and niggling. Members of his party do it all the time, so why can't we? Have you checked out how much he claimed for accommodation expenses in 2010-2011? Grampie

7:42am Tue 5 Feb 13

karlmarx says...

HorseBurger wrote:
Especially all your points.

In the first page of 20 results for John Glen, in less than a month, he has been commended by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon for his work and asked 6 local-related questions (not including waste disposal points), as well as other questions which are of national importance.

I have a feeling that your mind is made up and you are not interested in the facts. I don't agree with karlmarx either, but at least it is obviously his opinion, rather than erroneous statements of fact
It's still £100 per hour no matter which way you want to dress it up. Hypocrisy at it's most disgusting.
A
The votes cast by this bussed-in Tory MP in Parliament are there for all to see. Truly shocking is an understatement.
[quote][p][bold]HorseBurger[/bold] wrote: Especially all your points. In the first page of 20 results for John Glen, in less than a month, he has been commended by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon for his work and asked 6 local-related questions (not including waste disposal points), as well as other questions which are of national importance. I have a feeling that your mind is made up and you are not interested in the facts. I don't agree with karlmarx either, but at least it is obviously his opinion, rather than erroneous statements of fact[/p][/quote]It's still £100 per hour no matter which way you want to dress it up. Hypocrisy at it's most disgusting. A The votes cast by this bussed-in Tory MP in Parliament are there for all to see. Truly shocking is an understatement. karlmarx

1:06pm Tue 5 Feb 13

HorseBurger says...

Er, karlmarx, I don't know the details of the event you mentioned. But most public speakers charge a lot more than than that for the simple reason that they have to spend time to liaise beforehand, research and prepare a speech and then travel there. So the time spent actually speaking is usually just the tip of the iceberg.

You may also notice from what you posted that the Salisbury Medical Society is not the NHS. It is a completely different organisation, so you have no grounds whatsoever for accusing him of hypocrisy.

Opinions are fine. Prejudice, insults and lies make you a Troll.
Er, karlmarx, I don't know the details of the event you mentioned. But most public speakers charge a lot more than than that for the simple reason that they have to spend time to liaise beforehand, research and prepare a speech and then travel there. So the time spent actually speaking is usually just the tip of the iceberg. You may also notice from what you posted that the Salisbury Medical Society is not the NHS. It is a completely different organisation, so you have no grounds whatsoever for accusing him of hypocrisy. Opinions are fine. Prejudice, insults and lies make you a Troll. HorseBurger

1:26pm Tue 5 Feb 13

HorseBurger says...

Grampie, banter is good. Challenge is good. They need to know they are being watched, so they don't go back to the bad old days. But there is a limit, and he's still a human, so it's unfair to mis-state the case against him.

There are certainly a lot of sub-human MPs and ex-MPs, and plenty of behaviour that beggars belief. Many MPs were caught with their hands in the till, and there are probably still a few who need to be flushed out for that and other things. Although the Tories have not been involved in the more recent scandals, it's not really a party thing.
Grampie, banter is good. Challenge is good. They need to know they are being watched, so they don't go back to the bad old days. But there is a limit, and he's still a human, so it's unfair to mis-state the case against him. There are certainly a lot of sub-human MPs and ex-MPs, and plenty of behaviour that beggars belief. Many MPs were caught with their hands in the till, and there are probably still a few who need to be flushed out for that and other things. Although the Tories have not been involved in the more recent scandals, it's not really a party thing. HorseBurger

2:22pm Tue 5 Feb 13

Grampie says...

Horseburger. Where did I mis-state the case against him? Mr Glen has, in the past asked questions like his latest:

"John Glen: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural
Affairs what estimate he has made of the number of nappies recycled by
the Knowaste facility in West Bromwich to date?"
What has that got to do with Salisbury. I understand his concern about disposable nappies as he has put down questions about this subject in the past, but it costs time and money for these questions to be answered. Why didn't he write direct to someone in the Knowaste facility in West Bromwich?

Here is another in December "John Glen (Salisbury, Conservative)

Salisbury has submitted an application for a science university, a university technical college and a free school sixth-form; we also have two outstanding grammar schools and a recent encouraging report from Sarum Academy. Does the Minister agree that that diversity of provision allows opportunities for all children from all backgrounds?"

What was the point of that question? Did he expect the minister to say he disagreed?

Perhaps he should have called for all children to have a grammar school standard of education, instead of continuing this divisive system where children are labelled as failures at 11 years old.
Horseburger. Where did I mis-state the case against him? Mr Glen has, in the past asked questions like his latest: "John Glen: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the number of nappies recycled by the Knowaste facility in West Bromwich to date?" What has that got to do with Salisbury. I understand his concern about disposable nappies as he has put down questions about this subject in the past, but it costs time and money for these questions to be answered. Why didn't he write direct to someone in the Knowaste facility in West Bromwich? Here is another in December "John Glen (Salisbury, Conservative) Salisbury has submitted an application for a science university, a university technical college and a free school sixth-form; we also have two outstanding grammar schools and a recent encouraging report from Sarum Academy. Does the Minister agree that that diversity of provision allows opportunities for all children from all backgrounds?" What was the point of that question? Did he expect the minister to say he disagreed? Perhaps he should have called for all children to have a grammar school standard of education, instead of continuing this divisive system where children are labelled as failures at 11 years old. Grampie

6:44pm Tue 5 Feb 13

Lady Tinky Winky says...

Oh dear what a punch up, can anyone join in!
Horseburger ( like your name ) you should be aware that Grampie is really Grumpie! ( joke)
I would like to put the cat among the pigeons and blame the labour party for everything, particularly that well known multi-millionaire Tony (B)liar. Who changes a fortune to speak, I would pay him to shut up!
But then I think all politicians are tarred with the same brush whatever their party.
Sorry if I have used any politically incorrect idioms!
Oh dear what a punch up, can anyone join in! Horseburger ( like your name ) you should be aware that Grampie is really Grumpie! ( joke) I would like to put the cat among the pigeons and blame the labour party for everything, particularly that well known multi-millionaire Tony (B)liar. Who changes a fortune to speak, I would pay him to shut up! But then I think all politicians are tarred with the same brush whatever their party. Sorry if I have used any politically incorrect idioms! Lady Tinky Winky

10:59pm Tue 5 Feb 13

Grampie says...

Lady Tinkey Winkey, I really am grumpy and of course you can join in. I have missed your comments lately.

Well done for blaming the labour party for everything. If it wasn't for their policies of letting the bankers get away with ruining the world economy, everything would have been fine. At the time, the multi-millionaire and well known towel folder,Oddy Osborne wanted to relax the banking rules and the economy is getting worse since he was controlling the country's purse.

Aided and abetted by the son of a millionaire tax dodger, both of whom give tax breaks to the wealthy and cut benefits to disabled people.

Two thirds of the current cabinet are millionaires according to the Telegraph http://www.telegraph
.co.uk/news/politics
/9290520/Exclusive-C
abinet-is-worth-70mi
llion.html

Cameron is worth £4 million and he has only been PM for a couple of years and stands to inherit £25 million.
Labour leader Ed Miliband and his brother David are worth £1.9 million each apparently.
Lady Tinkey Winkey, I really am grumpy and of course you can join in. I have missed your comments lately. Well done for blaming the labour party for everything. If it wasn't for their policies of letting the bankers get away with ruining the world economy, everything would have been fine. At the time, the multi-millionaire and well known towel folder,Oddy Osborne wanted to relax the banking rules and the economy is getting worse since he was controlling the country's purse. Aided and abetted by the son of a millionaire tax dodger, both of whom give tax breaks to the wealthy and cut benefits to disabled people. Two thirds of the current cabinet are millionaires according to the Telegraph http://www.telegraph .co.uk/news/politics /9290520/Exclusive-C abinet-is-worth-70mi llion.html Cameron is worth £4 million and he has only been PM for a couple of years and stands to inherit £25 million. Labour leader Ed Miliband and his brother David are worth £1.9 million each apparently. Grampie

10:18am Wed 6 Feb 13

Grampie says...

I see Mr Glen voted against the gay marriage bill. That is not representing the interests of his gay constituents who want to get married.

He also supports a group who say that being gay can be cured. http://www.pinknews.
co.uk/2012/04/24/mp-
john-glen-refuses-to
-cut-ties-with-gay-c
ure-charity/

How strange is that?

On the other hand, his neighbour, Desmond Swayne voted in favour (read his views from the Commons-Common sense on this issue).

Dear old millionaire Claire Perry (Con Devizes) did not vote, apparently.
I see Mr Glen voted against the gay marriage bill. That is not representing the interests of his gay constituents who want to get married. He also supports a group who say that being gay can be cured. http://www.pinknews. co.uk/2012/04/24/mp- john-glen-refuses-to -cut-ties-with-gay-c ure-charity/ How strange is that? On the other hand, his neighbour, Desmond Swayne voted in favour (read his views from the Commons-Common sense on this issue). Dear old millionaire Claire Perry (Con Devizes) did not vote, apparently. Grampie

10:43am Wed 6 Feb 13

Sustainer says...

Could he possibly be representing the interests of those constituents who disagree with the bill as presently drafted!! Tricky one. Damned if you do damned if you don't.
For my own education if this is a matter of equality, which i guess most of us would support, why is adultery excluded in gay marriage law as is non consummation as reasons for divorce? Just two things which continue to generate inequalities.
Also, if this is the best way to create equality why the rush because by rushing there is insufficient quality time to consider all the implications and how best to address them.
Could he possibly be representing the interests of those constituents who disagree with the bill as presently drafted!! Tricky one. Damned if you do damned if you don't. For my own education if this is a matter of equality, which i guess most of us would support, why is adultery excluded in gay marriage law as is non consummation as reasons for divorce? Just two things which continue to generate inequalities. Also, if this is the best way to create equality why the rush because by rushing there is insufficient quality time to consider all the implications and how best to address them. Sustainer

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