New Fife MP ‘most prolific’

Stephen Gethins has played an important role at Westminster since his election victory in May
Stephen Gethins has played an important role at Westminster since his election victory in May

New analysis of contributions in the House of Commons has put north east Fife’s new MP among the most active since the General Election.

Stephen Gethins, who made his Maiden Speech less than a month ago, has already clocked up 39 contributions in the House of Commons Chamber.

This has included speeches where he led on the European Union Referendum Bill as well as contributions on payments to farmers and the refugee crisis in the Mediterranean among other issues.

Stephen is the most prolific in terms of contributions among the Parliament’s 182 new MPs and was just the second of the new MPs to make a speech in the House of Commons.

The 39-year-old, who is Group spokesperson on the European Union, said: “When I was elected I said that it was my job to be a strong voice for everyone in north east Fife. I want to make sure that I am a vocal advocate for my constituency as well as issues that impact on us all.

“The SNP Group in the House of Commons has been notable in its activity since the General Election and we are determined to keep up the pace and holding the Government to account.”

Scotland’s former First Minister and MP Alex Salmond was ranked fourth in the analysis, speaking in the chamber on 107 occasions.

Mr Salmond’s speaking record to date exceeds that of 654 other MPs and puts him on the same number as Chancellor George Osborne, with only the Prime Minister, Defence Secretary and Leader of the House ahead in the rankings.

Other SNP MPs feature highly on the list with Angus Brendan MacNeil, MP for Na h-Eileanan an Iar, in ninth place with 71 contributions and the SNP’s Westminster Leader Angus Robertson 17th with 57.

Labour leader Harriet Harman took 137th place with 16 contributions so far in this parliament. All of Labour’s leadership hopefuls feature well down the rankings, with the least active amongst them, Liz Kendall in 296th place with a mere seven contributions.

Despite being one of Westminster’s busiest MPs, Alex Salmond has also remained an active Member of the Scottish Parliament for Aberdeenshire East, participating in over 40 votes at Holyrood in last week’s Community Empowerment Bill Stage 3 proceedings.

He said: “We have just won an astounding victory of 56 out of 59 MPs elected on a platform of making Scotland’s voice heard at Westminster.

“The Scottish lion – myself and my colleagues – will be roaring throughout this parliament and those of a nervous disposition from the Labour and Tory benches will have to get used to it.

“We have a lot to say, but the real story here is why London MPs are saying so little as opposed to why Scottish MPs are contributing so much.”