According to a WriteToThem.com survey Labour MPs were the least responsive to constituents’ queries in 2006. The 40,232 respondents to WriteToThem.com’s survey were asked whether they had had a reply – not simply an acknowledgment – from their MP.
Interestingly 73 of the 100 least responsive MPs were from the Labour Party; the remainder comprising 12 Liberal Democrats, 10 Conservatives, and 5 from minor parties (one of whom was a certain Respect MP).
Shamefully Linda Riordan, Labour MP for Halifax, managed to respond to only 5 messages out of 54 received (you’d think given her current majority she might work a little harder for her constituents), whilst Phil Woolas, Labour MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth and a Minister at the Department of the Environment, responded to a mere 10 messages out of 83 received (again, not somebody who should be taking their constituents for granted).
The New New Labour Party might well be one that listens to people, but one wonders how hot they are on saying anything back. Has 2007 been a better year? For their constituent’s sake let’s hope so.
UPDATE: Click HERE for an update. Linda Riordan's position isn't all that it seems - she has a genuine grievance.