Trudy Harrison promised to be a “strong, confident voice in Parliament” for Copeland when she was elected in a surprise victory for the Tories in February.
In reality she hasn’t said a word on behalf of her constituents since taking her seat in the House of Commons on March 1.
The ParlyApp account on Twitter pointed out earlier that records show she failed to make a single spoken contribution – either in the main Commons chamber or Westminster Hall – in the 19 days on which Parliament has been in session since she was sworn in.
Fun fact: Copeland MP Trudy Harrison hasn't spoken in the chamber yet. Just a few weeks to go in this parliament … pic.twitter.com/F8DlCFBFcC
— PARLY (@ParlyApp) April 18, 2017
They also show she hasn’t tabled any written questions to ministers or signed any Early Day Motions. Her sole Parliamentary activity was to march through the lobby on 19 occasions to vote loyally with the Tory whip.
By contrast, Labour’s Gareth Snell, who won the Stoke Central by-election on the same night as Harrison was elected, has made 12 spoken contributions in Parliament, as well as voting on 19 occasions.
He has made three contributions in the Commons chamber, eight in Westminster Hall and one in a committee. Snell has also signed 3 Early Day Motions.
Press Association journalist Ian Jones reckons Parliament will be dissolved for the general election on May 3.
Likely dates between now & #generalelection: parliament dissolved 3 May; deadline for candidates 11 May; deadline to register to vote 22 May
— Ian Jones (@ian_a_jones) April 18, 2017
That gives Harrison just 9 sitting days to make her maiden speech or go down in the history books for all the wrong reasons.
That will be a difficult record to sell on the doorstep…