Conservative MP for Cities of London and Westminster was the only London MP who did not hold a surgery in 2011

The BBC has found that Mark Field, Conservative MP for Cities of London and Westminster, was the only London MP who did not hold a surgery in 2011.

While Stephen Timms, Labour MP for East Ham, who was stabbed twice in the stomach in 2010, said he saw 2,300 constituents in 2011.

BBC Research suggests that the average London MP held 48 surgeries last year lasting two-and-a-half hours each, seeing a total of 720 constituents.

The BBC reports;

“Instead of meeting local people at his Conservative Association office, Mr Field said he asks them to make appointments to meet him at the House of Commons, which is in his constituency.

His office said it was “impossible to say” how many constituents he saw in 2011.

Mr Field said: “It would be wrong to suggest I’m sort of here in some sort of bunker in the middle of Portcullis House. Nothing could be further from the truth.”

He said he was in a “unique situation” and that when he held surgeries in his first year as local MP 11 years ago he had “maybe one or two people coming a month”.

He said he tries on a daily basis to engage with some of his constituents’ more difficult cases.”

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