MP speaks in 109 de­bates

‘Above av­er­age’ re­sult for Mar­garet Fer­rier

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

Ruther­glen and Hamil­ton West MP Mar­garet Fer­rier has spo­ken in over 100 de­bates in par­lia­ment since mak­ing her maiden speech a year ago last week.

Ms Fer­rier an­nounced her­self to West­min­ster on June 8, 2015.

Ac­cord­ing to the They Work For You web­site, where the data was taken from, she has made a to­tal of 109 speeches, well above the av­er­age for MP’s.

She has also re­ceived 139 an­swers to writ­ten ques­tions, again above the av­er­age.

Her record of vot­ing 58 per cent of the time is well be­low the av­er­age, although this is likely to be due to the SNP’s pol­icy of not vot­ing on mat­ters that do not af­fect Scot­land.

In the 2015/ 16 ses­sion of par­lia­ment Ms Fer­rier sup­ported 400 early day mo­tions.

Of those, she pro­posed 24 of them. These in­cluded two on the cam­paign by South La­nark­shire par­ents against school bus changes.

She spon­sored a fur­ther 124 in that time.

Her speeches in Hansard, are read­able by an av­er­age 16–17 year old, go­ing by the Flesch-Kin­caid Grade Level score.

De­spite com­pil­ing the fig­ures, They Work For You urge cau­tion on us­ing their fig­ures to de­ter­mine how good or bad a job an MP is do­ing.

On their web­site they say: “We re­alise that data such as the num­ber of de­bates spo­ken in means lit­tle in terms of an MP’s ac­tual per­for­mance. MPs do lots of use­ful things which we don’t count yet, and some which we never could. Even when we do, a count doesn’t mea­sure the qual­ity of an MPs con­tri­bu­tion.

“Our ad­vice — 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.”

Go to www.they­work­­garet_­fer­rier/ruther­glen_and_hamil­ton_west for a full run­down on Ms Fer­rier’s ac­tiv­ity at par­lia­ment.

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