A survey by the My Society organisation, which checks how responsive MPs are to letters from their constituents, says that the rating for Stephen Doughty – the Labour MP for Cardiff South and Penarth – is worse now than it was last year .
My Society’s offshoot “WriteToThem” sent a total of 90,175 messages to MPs in the year 2015/6 to see how they dealt with them. In addition a sample of 50,852 people answered My Society “feedback survey” about the quality of their MP’s response.
Doughty’s performance in 2014/15 had been rated as “low” . His response rate then was – according to My Society – only 40% , meaning that only two out of every five pieces of correspondence were answered.
In 2015/16 however his response rate (based on 130 communications sent to him and 74 survey respondents who said whether or not he replied) dropped by a full percentage point to only 39%. Doughty replied to only 29 of the 74 survey respondents who returned data to MySociety . In the new 2015/16 league ratings of MPs, Doughty comes in at only a lowly 440th place.
In first place in the league is MP Jason McCartney (Conservative Colne Valley) who replied to 96% of his correspondence