Britain’s best MP competition: the results

Our ‘Britain’s Best MP’ competition has come to a close with Douglas Carswell, Conservative MP for Harwich, a clear winner. The final results are:

Douglas Carswell 47%
Gisela Stuart 16%
Tom Harris 12%
Lynne Featherstone 9%
Bob Russell 6%
Jo Swinson 6%
David Howarth 2%
Chris Mullin 2%

I appreciate that the results do not make happy reading for visitors to this site and the results of online polls cannot be taken too seriously, but please don’t dismiss this competition just yet.

Whilst acknowledging that our hope of getting people to listen to the MPs answers and then vote for their ‘best MP’ based on what they heard probably was not realised (David Howarth and Chris Mullin gave very good answers yet polled only 2% each), we take several positives from this:

  • we promoted engagement between the general public and our politicians – five ordinary members of the public had their questions answered by eight MPs.
  • by requesting short answers from MPs and editing the answers from all eight onto one video clip, answers could be published in an accessible way and it was easy to compare and contrast what each person had to say (over 800 views registered on youtube)
  • the exercise raised some interesting issues and generated some online debate, here for example by Lib Dem Voice’s Mark Pack
  • 1,087 people voted in the poll – not a huge number, I know, but not bad for a political issue and relatively new website like Yoosk
  • the results of the poll do tell us something – the top 3 MPs all have an online presence where they mentioned this competition: Douglas Carswell, Gisela Stuart and Tom Harris (these ‘mentions’ also provide interesting reading)
  • the whole thing was conducted with no talk of ‘expenses’
  • This is our take on it, and naturally we would like to focus on the positives. We would also like to hear your views though and would welcome any feedback.

    Finally, Many Thanks to Lib Dem Voice for giving us a ‘voice’ and to anyone who took the time to read what I’ve been saying here or to visit our website.

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    10 Comments

    • Malcolm Todd 7th Jan '10 - 4:51pm

      Tories – 47%, Labour – 30%, Lib Dem – 23%

      Looks like you might have got a surprisingly representative – and utterly partisan – sample, then. Pity you didn’t think to split the Tory vote too!

    • Malcolm Todd 7th Jan '10 - 4:59pm

      Oh, and I just googled Bob Russell, ’cause I’d never heard of him, and the first story is “”. I know I’m not the most liberal Liberal in the Liberalish world myself, but seriously – this guy’s one of ours?

    • Here’s a suggestion: next time, why not split the partisan Tory vote the same way you split the other partisan votes?

      Public nomination is well and good, but surely it was clear from the time that the final nominees were chosen that the sole Conservative on the list was going to win. Even by the most generous theory of individuals’ participation in the Yoosk project, anything an MP can say about political issues will only make a marginal difference to participants’ opinions about the MP compared to partisan identification.

    • I think holding multiple rounds might be the best option.

      Alternative Vote (maybe even condorcet) would be preferablebut but Yoosk might not be able to do that with their existing software and would need to find the nessary software fairly cheaply. I could be comletely wrong of course as this is’nt somthing that I would know much about but I’d have thougt that some of this sites polls could be done by AV if it were easy enough.

      The problem with simply spliting the vote for each party would be that the numbers of canidates would ned to be reflective of each partys support which could’nt cater for indepentants and particularly small parties if presant. Also could a Yoosk panel competantly put together a list of candidates? Would they necesseraly know if an MP was good at serving their constituents for example?

    • “and the results of online polls cannot be taken too seriously…”

      Lol this is as blinkered and as one-eyed a statement I have read recently. If a Dim had won, there would have been no such utterance. Hollow, hollow, hollow.

    • Well these comments really do show how pathetic and narrow minded the majority of the typical Liberal Democrat thought processes are.

      It seems to me that any party contemplating giving the impression that it will be shoring up a discredited Labour Party under the charismatic appealing and centralising Mr Brown in the event of a hung parliament will probably receive the judgment from the British public that it richly deserves.

      Again saying that probably puts me closer to Clegg and realpolitik than the traditional Lib Dem activist.

      Oh and in case anyone was wondering I did vote for Guy Herbert in your poll just to show that Conservative voters are aware of the real issues threatening the ordinary elector in the future as a result of New Labour Fascism.

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