Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Julian Huppert comes out with top marks for his work as Cambridge MP

Julian Huppert has come out with top marks on a report card which reflects his performance during five years as Cambridge’s MP.

According to the website he took part in more than twice as many debates as average, he attended more votes that average and he asked more than double the average number of written Parliamentary questions. In contrast, his expenses were £12,542 less than the average MP.

The report card compares the activities of all 650 MPs grading them on Parliamentary and constituency performance.

While dealing with more than 32,000 pieces of casework Julian, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for Cambridge also replied to more letters sent through the website Write to Them than average.

Julian also put Cambridge before party loyalty voting against his party much more often than the average MP - in the top 10 per cent of rebellious MPs.

He said: “I have been honoured to stand up for Cambridge in Parliament and I have taken every opportunity possible to speak out on the issues that are important to our city and make sure our residents’ voices are heard.

“I have always put Cambridge first and voted against tuition fees, Andrew Lansley’s Health Bill and military action in Syria and Iraq because it was the right thing to do.

“I have campaigned hard to get an extra £23.2 million for our schools and almost the same again for our health services, including extra for mental health. I have fought for a fairer deal for rental sector tenants, to protect our independent shops and pubs and put cycling at the top of the government’s agenda.

“I also spent as much time as I could in the constituency, giving people the chance to meet me at my surgeries or raise issues through my constituency office which dealt with more than 32,000 pieces of casework on a huge range of issues.”

Julian’s report card shows that he:

  • Spoke 1,130 times in 686 debates – the average was 280 debates;
  • Attended 954 out of 1,239 votes – an attendance of 77 per cent – the average was 70 per cent
  • Answered 977 written questions – the average was 325;
  • Signed 802 Commons’ Early Day Motions – the average was 331.