AS the General Election looms and people struggle to decide where to put there cross on the ballot paper, one campaign group has developed a 'ranking' for MPs called the People Power Index.

Petition hosting website change.org has developed a scoring system based on a number of factors, including how 'available' an MP has been, Parliamentary participation and campaigning efforts from 2017-19.

But it doesn't make great reading for Somerset MPs, with just one of our MPs - David Warburton of Somerton and Frome - ranking in the top half of 650 MPs.

"There’s another General Election happening, with candidates up and down the country vying for you to give them a job," said a change.org spokesperson.

"But unlike most vacancies , there’s no job description for being an MP. So when we’re looking at candidates to see who’s best for the job, how are we judging what a “good” MP looks like?

"We believe that democracy is more effective when the views and opinions of the public are encouraged and genuinely listened to by MPs.

"So we’ve judged that being a “good” MP is about an MP’s openness and responsiveness to their constituents. That’s why we have created the People Power Index.

"The People-Power Index should be viewed as a health check of how Parliament is working and how our MPs are listening to, and engaging with, their constituents."


Here's how the Somerset representatives performed in the table of 650 MPs:
300: David Warburton - Somerton and Frome (Conservative)
365: John Penrose - Weston-super-Mare (Conservative)
555: Jacob Rees-Mogg - North East Somerset (Conservative)
570: Rebecca Pow - Taunton Deane (Conservative)
606: Marcus Fysh - Yeovil (Conservative)
623: Ian Liddell-Grainger - Bridgwater and West Somerset (Conservative)
633: James Heappey - Wells (Conservative)


The best performing MP was Wayne David, Labour MP for Caerphilly, followed by Conservative Justin Tomlinson who represents North Swindon.

Bottom of the table was Conservative Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, who represents the Cotswolds.

"The intention of this Index is to spark a conversation about what it means to be a “good” MP," the spokesperson added.

"It should be used to celebrate MPs who are the most open and responsive to their constituents and inspire future MPs.

"We know that MPs work under intense pressure to bring together many varying views in their constituency and the party they were elected with or are affiliated to."