Small constituencies are mentioned more in parliament, study finds

By Georgia Dossis and Harry Douglas-Gratton

Smaller areas in Yorkshire and the Humber are mentioned more often in speeches by their MPs, a new study has revealed.

The study, published by Leeds Beckett University, ranks MPs in Yorkshire and the Humber based on factors such as times spoken in debates, how much they rebel against their party whip, and the amount of times they mention their constituency in speeches.

A map of the data showed that larger constituencies like Thirsk and Malton are mentioned less by their MPs, whilst smaller areas such as York Central and Leeds North West see a higher frequency of mentions.

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Yorkshire constituencies final copy (resized)

The darker yellow areas, for example Cleethorpe, represent constituencies which have been mentioned at a high frequency, whilst pale areas show constituencies which have either not been mentioned or have been mentioned a small amount of times.

Labour MP Rachael Maskell, who topped the leaderboard, mentioned her constituency of York Central over 100 times in speeches in 2018.

Former Brexit secretary David Davis came lowest on the list, having never mentioned his constituency of Haltemprice and Howden by name in parliament.

Other MPs featured in the top 10 of the leaderboard were shown to mention their constituents at a much lower rate than Maskell.

Hilary Benn spoke about his constituency just 11 times, however was one of the most active MPs in parliament, speaking in almost 100 debates and attending 80% of votes.

Constituency mentions from top 10 MPs

Though the data ranks every MP in Yorkshire and the Humber, it does not take into account politicians who are unable to speak in parliament, for example Conservative chief whip Julian Smith.

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This article was produced by a student or students on the BA in Journalism at Leeds Beckett University.

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