SNP mem­bers have been great value

The Oban Times - - Let­ters -

Sir, I write in re­sponse to the let­ter from D John­son, Tar­bert, (‘A poor choice of elec­tion can­di­dates’, The Oban Times, June 1).

While I agree with his com­ments re­gard­ing Alan Reid and Jamie McGrigor, I take ex­cep­tion to his com­ment re­gard­ing Bren­dan O’Hara.

The lat­est In­de­pen­dent Par­lia­men­tary Stan­dards Au­thor­ity (IPSA - http:// show SNP MPs are the hard­est work­ing MPs at West­min­ster, cost sig­nif­i­cantly less and are bet­ter value for money than their pre­de­ces­sors from other par­ties. Here are the facts. Fig­ures pub­lished on IPSA’s web­site con­firm that in 2015-16 SNP MPs in fact cost more than £1 mil­lion (£1,140,801.64) less than their pre­de­ces­sors in 2014-15. On av­er­age, SNP MPs cost more than £21,000 less than their pre­de­ces­sors.

New fig­ures show that SNP MPs work harder than their pre­de­ces­sors, and are some of the most ac­tive MPs at West­min­ster.

In 2016, SNP MPs spoke in an av­er­age of 64 de­bates. This com­pares to an av­er­age of just 43 de­bates for Labour MPs and 38 de­bates for Con­ser­va­tive MPs.

SNP MPs have each tabled an av­er­age of 58 writ­ten par­lia­men­tary ques­tions. In to­tal, SNP MPs have tabled over 3,000 writ­ten par­lia­men­tary ques­tions – hold­ing UK gov­ern­ment min­is­ters to ac­count and pro­vid­ing a strong voice for Scot­land at West­min­ster.

SNP MPs have tabled over 600 early day mo­tions - help­ing bring at­ten­tion to the im­por­tant is­sues fac­ing lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties, the peo­ple of Scot­land and the UK. SNP MPs have contributed to the work of 77 select com­mit­tees, sub-com­mit­tees, bill com­mit­tees and com­mis­sions, in­clud­ing chair­ing three select com­mit­tees. I San­der­son, Tar­bert.

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