SNP MP Angus MacNeil makes the highest number of contributions in the House of Commons Chamber of all Scottish MPs
According to new figures from the House of Commons Library, Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MP, Angus MacNeil ranks first amongst the 59 Scottish MPs in number of contributions made in debates in the Chamber since May 2010.
With 1,263 contributions, the SNP MP for Na h-Eileanan an Iar is well ahead of the 40 Scottish Labour MPs, including Scottish Labour Leader Jim Murphy, who just made 166 contributions in five years, Labour shadow cabinet members such as Cathie Jamieson (with 688 contributions), Margaret Curran (with 123 contributions) and former Scottish Labour Deputy Leader Anas Sarwar (with 242 contributions).
During the period 2010-15, the 6 SNP MPs have made an average of 646 contributions each in the House of Commons, more than doubling the Scottish Labour MPs contributions (311 each on average) and those of Scottish Liberal Democrats MPs (293 each).
Commenting Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MP, Angus MacNeil said:
“It is now a matter of public record that SNP MPs speak up for their constituents in the House of Commons, far more than our Labour, Liberal and Tory counterparts do.
“It is right that our voice is heard at Westminster and as MP for Na h-Eileanan an Iar, I continue to speak up about the issue that are most important to my constituents.”
The SNP Leader in Westminster, Angus Robertson MP, said:
“Angus MacNeil is exceptional at speaking on behalf of the people of the Western Isles. He speaks with a strong voice in Westminster on key issues, including fair fuel prices, much needed rural phone and broadband connectivity and on the future of the coastguards and post-offices in the islands.”
“These figures show that SNP MPs work at least twice as hard as Scottish Labour and Liberal Democrat MPs. If after May 2015, instead of half a dozen, the people of Scotland send a record number of SNP MPs to Westminster, the voice of the Western Isles and Scotland would be so strong that it will no longer be ignored.”
Average number of contributions by MPs (each)
*David Mundell is a current UK Gov Minister