ANALYSIS has shown what contribution Bob Seely makes to the chamber of the House of Commons.

It shows how often the Conservative MP for the Isle of Wight has voted, how many debates he has taken part in, and how many parliamentary questions he has asked since the last general election.

The figures, from the House of Commons Library, show the activities of MPs between the state opening of Parliament on December 16, 2019, and March 7 this year.

Of the 491 votes over this time, Bob Seely, who serves as a backbench MP, recorded 432 ayes or noes, and acted as a teller to count one division.

Isle of Wight County Press:

He recorded no vote, or abstained, on 58 occasions — giving him a participation rate of 88 per cent.

This was above the average for all UK politicians who have sat in the House of Commons since the election (excluding the Speakers) of 81 per cent.

Several MPs had participation rates as high as 95 per cent, while fellow Tory MP Sir Christopher Chope voted in just 36 per cent of divisions.

The Conservatives had the highest average rate of 86 per cent while Labour had an overall rate of 77 per cent. The HoC Library said MPs may not vote because they are carrying out other work related to their parliamentary, government or opposition roles.

Participation rates may also be affected by ‘pairing arrangements’, whereby MPs from different parties who cannot attend a division agree to cancel out one another’s vote.

Before divisions, debates are held to discuss government policy, new laws and topical issues to help the house reach an informed decision.

Since the last election, Mr Seely has taken part in 142 debates, speaking a total of 80,804 words.

By comparison, the average MP has spoken 44,530 words over the same period, Prime Minister Boris Johnson around 394,000 and Democratic Unionist Party MP Jim Shannon a whopping 560,000.

These include spoken contributions and oral questions in the House of Commons chamber and in Westminster Hall, but not those shorter than four words.

The figures also show Bob Seely, who was elected to his seat on June 8, 2017, has asked 89 Parliamentary Questions since the last election. Four of those were during Prime Minister's Questions.