The Birmingham Post reports this morning (14th April) that Michael Fabricant
is the most active MP in the West Midlands representing his constituents in
the House of Commons Chamber. The Birmingham Post which covers 60
Parliamentary constituency reports:
‘He is one of the Midlands’ busiest MPs and according to the latest official
figures, the region’s most vocal representative in the House of Commons.
Michael Fabricant, the Conservative representative for Lichfield, took part
in Parliamentary debates more often than any other Midland MP, according to
new figures released by the Commons library………. Michael Fabricant
spoke 80 times and lodged 130 questions. He said: "I know some people think
speaking in the Commons is less important than it used to be. But this view
can be self-perpetuating. If Members of Parliament refrain from being
active in the Chamber, they not only demean themselves – they demean
Parliament. Besides, sometimes a Minister might admit something in the cut
and thrust of the Commons Chamber which they would not admit otherwise, when
they are protected by the ranks of civil servants and special advisers."’
Michael Fabricant now says "I am surprised I scored so high this year
compared to others. For 3 months I have been locked away in a committee
amending the Communications Bill which will shape the future of
broadcasting, media, and telephone communications over the next decade. As
a consequence, I have not been in the Chamber as often as I would have
liked. Still, I am delighted that I have appeared to have done so well.
Today, I hope to be questioning the Prime Minister on the course of the war
in Iraq when he makes a statement to the House."