Sir Ed “most active” MP in area says study

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An analysis of MPs’ speeches has shown Gainsborough MP Sir Edward Leigh to be the ‘most active’ parliamentarian in the area.

The Conservative MP, whose constituency covers West Lindsey, including Market Rasen and Caistor, has since the May 2010 election spoken 599 times in 246 debates, contributing a total of 105,576 words.

Sir Edward, who has been an MP for more than 30 years, was ranked 35th out of 644 MPs who spoke (a further eight did not speak), not far behind PM David Cameron.

The independent figures also revealed Brigg and Goole Conservative MP Andrew Percy took part in 218 debates, he spoke 536 times and contributed 83,157 words in Westminster. Fellow Tory, Cleethorpes MP Martin Vickers spoke 143 times in 201 debates (and 39,596 words.)

Great Grimsby veteran Labour MP Austin Mitchell, who at 80 is standing down at the next election after 37 years in parliament, appeared in 37 debates, he spoke 143 times and contributed 37,737 words.

Boston and Skegness MP Mark Simmonds, who recently resigned as a minister, took part in 31 debates, he spoke 158 times and said 35,525 words.

The retiring 84-year-old Father of the House, Conservative MP Sir Peter Tapsell, from Horncastle & Louth, took part in 82 debates, speaking 99 times and uttering 9,575 words, according to Hansard.