Absentee MPs are not working
With the General Election fast approaching readers may naturally be asking themselves: what makes a good MP?
They, like myself, might think that attendance at the House of Commons would be not just a useful start, but a key criteria.
Sinn Fein, of course, refuses to sit in the House of Commons. The DUP's MPs are among the weakest attenders at Westminster.
Understandably, the public often rewards politicians which it sees working locally. North Down's MP Sylvia Hermon, another poor attender at Westminster, who remains primarily based in her constituency, is often cited as such.
Our MPs have to attend to exert meaningful influence for their constituents. If they do not, they are not doing their jobs properly.
Deputy chairman, Conservatives Northern Ireland