The current furore over Rifkind and Straw got me thinking. Rifkind’s extraordinarily arrogant comment about being self-employed and not getting a salary really got my goat.
I won’t go over the same arguments all over again, of course he’s not self-employed. It did, however get me thinking about how much time our politicians should be spending in the House of Commons. Naively I assumed that as elected politicians, elected to represent US in the House, they should be spending some time each, or most, days on the Benches. How wrong was I?
Members of Parliament are not obliged by parliamentary rules to attend the House at any time. So, like many other things, if it’s not covered by the rules they can, and do, ignore it. Can you imagine ANY organisation being effective and efficient if the staff just turned up when they felt like it?
If you want to know how often your MP has attended the House, the official advice is this;
You can scan Hansard to collect figures on the voting records of particular MPs
Furthermore, you can also access Hansard by Member and view contributions made by MPs during the current session, sorted by date or subject heading