Sir Peter still enjoys debates in the House


Horncastle and Louth MP Sir Peter Tapsell is still playing his part in Westminster according to a study of parliamentary speeches.

Since the last General Election in May 2010, Sir Peter, who is the Father of the House and at 84 is standing down at the next General Election, took part in 82 debates, speaking 99 times and uttering 9,575 words, say Hansard records.

In June, Sir Peter called for the impeachment of Tony Blair, accusing him of misleading the House on the Iraq war.

The survey showed other MPs in the area were more vocal, with Sir Edward Leigh, Conservative MP for the neighbouring constituency of Gainsborough the “most active” speaking 599 times in 246 debates, contributing a total of 105,576 words.

The independent figures also revealed Brigg and Goole Conservative MP Andrew Percy took part in 218 debates, he spoke 536 times and contributed 83,157 words in Westminster. Fellow Tory, Cleethorpes MP Martin Vickers spoke 143 times in 201 debates (and 39,596 words

Great Grimsby veteran Labour MP Austin Mitchell, who at 80 is standing down at the next election after 37 years in parliament, appeared in 37 debates, he spoke 143 times and contributed 37,737 words.

Boston and Skegness MP Mark Simmonds, who recently resigned as a minister, took part in 31 debates, he spoke 158 times and said 35,525 words.