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Ex­pert as­sess­ment in Parly

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

Mar­garet Fer­rier MP has be­come far more cyn­i­cal in par­lia­ment since be­ing elected in 2015 ac­cord­ing to new re­search.

An­a­lysts have looked at the lan­guage used in each MPs maiden speech com­pared with their last 20 con­tri­bu­tions.

Us­ing a com­plex data­base called AFINN, and grad­ing words for pos­i­tiv­ity, re­searchers found Ms Fer­rier had ex­pe­ri­enced the high­est fall in pos­i­tiv­ity from her maiden speech of any Scot­tish MP.

Her maiden speech in June 2015 was very pos­i­tive com­pared to those of other MPs with a an av­er­age score of 1.28.

The MP for Ruther­glen and Hamil­ton West said: “It is a priv­i­lege and an hon­our to stand here to­day as not only the first SNP Mem­ber for Ruther­glen and Hamil­ton West, but the first fe­male mem­ber. I thank my con­stituents for plac­ing their trust in me to rep­re­sent them, and will work hard to re­pay that trust over the next five years.”

How­ever, her most re­cent 20 con­tri­bu­tions in the Com­mons got an av­er­age score of - 0.56, 1.84 points more neg­a­tive than her first speech in the chamber and the third big­gest neg­a­tive swing for any MP in the coun­try.

Ms Fer­rier said: “Since I made my maiden speech, we have wit­nessed some of the most bru­tal poli­cies be­ing re­alised.

“With an over­all ma­jor­ity in Par­lia­ment, leg­is­la­tion is be­ing pushed through by an un­car­ing govern­ment. De­spite hav­ing no man­date in Scot­land, Tory poli­cies have a se­vere im­pact on the most vul­ner­a­ble in our so­ci­ety .

“Their reck­less ref­er­en­dum looks set to drag us out of the Euro­pean Union and their ob­ses­sion with scrap­ping the Hu­man Rights Act will strip us of our fun­da­men­tal and in­alien­able rights.

“I will con­tinue to use my po­si­tion as an MP to hold the Tories to ac­count, and pro­vide a voice for the peo­ple who elected me.”

The AFINN data­base, which was used to cal­cu­late th­ese scores, was cre­ated by Dan­ish sci­en­tist Finn Årup Nielsen and con­tains close to 1,500 emo­tive words and phrases scored on how pos­i­tive they are.

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