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How Many Times Did Your MP Attend Parliament in 2015?

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Yesterday the Parliament sat at Gordon House for the first time in 2016, a year in which there is likely to be an election, which will determine who your MP will be for the next 5 years, approximately. (Approximately. Time for a fixed date for Jamaica’s elections?)

Parliament 12-1-16

Quick question…do you know how many times your MP attended Parliament last year? And I am not going to ask you the follow up questions – Do you care? Does it matter? Within the overall role and expectations of MPs, how highly should we rank attendance at Parliament?

I am simply going to say that if you are interested, click here: 2015 ATTENDANCE RECORD FOR MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT – JAMAICA

This chart shows how many times each MP attended the sittings of Parliament in 2015. There were 51 sittings (including the Ceremonial Opening of Parliament on February 19 and the Joint Sitting on September 30, during the visit of UK Prime Minister David Cameron). The chart also shows the number of times absent, absent with apology, apology for illness, and absent on government/official business.

Parliament attendance chart

This data doesn’t indicate whether MPs arrived late, that is after roll call, though that is in the records of Parliament. It also doesn’t indicate how long MPs remained in the Chamber, or what they said or did while there.

It is interesting to note, by the way, that there were more absences generally from September onwards. Were MPs out campaigning?

Below are the documents from Parliament, which set out the record for each sitting and from which the above chart was compiled:

ATTENDANCE RECORD OF MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT FOR PERIOD JANUARY 13 – March 25, 2015

ATTENDANCE RECORD OF MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT FOR PERIOD APRIL 7 2015

ATTENDANCE RECORD OF MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT FOR DECEMBER 2015

I’ll share the Senate attendance record for 2015 in another blog post. I am also interested in attendance at committee meetings, but those might take a longer time to collect.

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5 thoughts on “How Many Times Did Your MP Attend Parliament in 2015?

  1. Was just thinking about the need for media to look at the FACTS of what Parliamentary representatives do, not through the optic of being critical, just putting things on the records–see the to/fro between Damion Crawford and Robert Morgan.

    Is your chart really only covering 4 members? Is the figure for ‘absent’ a total, and then the other columns ‘of which’?

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  3. Hi, Grasshopper! The chart covers all 63 MPs; click on the link above the image for the full chart: 2015 ATTENDANCE RECORD FOR MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT – JAMAICA. Sorry for the confusion!
    The 4 columns indicating absences are all counted separately; for a total number of absences, the 4 columns would need to be added together. The column simply headed “Absent” indicates absences for which no apology or reason was given. The chart follows the format used in the documents from Parliament, which are also provided in the post.
    I agree with you about the need for factual information, which allows for the public to assess what MPs do.
    We also need further discussion on the role of MPs.

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