Of course such figures are not always clear at first glance. but as Y Cneifiwr points out
What gets the Western Mail really excited, however, is that Chris Bryant (Lab., Rhondda) is top of the pops, appearing in more debates and speaking more often than any of his colleagues.
The problem with that of course is the difference between quality and quantity, and Bryant has made some notably disastrous appearances. Here is the Labour supporting New Statesman with a example of Bryant at work.
But as Daily Wales says Methyr's Dai Havard does not come out well
....., he has spoken in just thirteen debates in the last year, mainly on foreign affairs. His record is one of the worst of any Welsh Labour MP.Mr Havard voted against holding an inquiry into the Iraq War. He opposed any reform of the House of Lords but voted in favour of ID cards and the military covenant. Last week, Mr Havard took a tour of war graves which was paid for by a group linked to arms manufacturers. Keir Hardie, on the other hand, was a pacifist who vehemently opposed the UK’s entry into the First World War.Given all the problems that the communities in his constituency face, it would make sense for Mr Havard to work hard to allow Wales to gain the powers needed to fix those problems.At the last election Mr Havard saw the largest swing against an incumbent in Wales
|General Election 2010: Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney|
|Liberal Democrat||Amy Kitcher||9,951||31.0||+17.0|
|Plaid Cymru||Glyndwr Jones||1,621||5.1||-4.9|
|Socialist Labour||Alan Cowdell||195||0.6||-0.3|
If the Lib Dems weren't so toxic after becoming the Tories Bag Carriers in the coalition government then this would be a clear target seat for them.
Indeed Amy Kitcher may have won some Plaid votes by calling for Lib Dems to back Jill Evans in the recent Euro Elections.
However it is unlikely the Lib Dems will manage to put up such a strong challenge next time .
Nor alas will anyone else so Mr Havard will continue to be the MP for Merthyr and Rhymney earning his sallery and with the knowledge he doesn't haven't to work hard in his constituency to get reelected.
Still maybe consideration should for an Anyone But Havard Candidate in 2016 .Surely the people of Merthyr and Rhymnet deserve someone better regardless of their Party colour?