All MEPs face an enormous challenge to keep in touch with their constituents, in the South East where the electorate is over 8M this is one of the largest groups in the Western World. I have written before that whilst I occasionally hear from Keith Taylor (Green), Catherine Bearder (Lib Dem) both of whom I have met and Nirj Deva (Conservative) that outside of election periods and more general broadcasts of ideas and opinions, that I have never heard from any of the others until today. The silent MEPs are Daniel Hannan (Conservative), Diane James (UKIP) Ray Finch (UKIP), Nigel Farage (UKIP), Janice Atkinson (Independent) and Annelise Dodds (Labour).
Today I received an infographic from Annelise via facebook from my local Councillor. This is very good news. Annelise has been my MEP for just over a year and unlike her predecessor has found a way to communicate with electors. The others I mentioned use a mixture of email, facebook and snail mail. The great thing about this infographic is that it does tell me what Annelise has been doing. I would welcome something similar from Daniel Hannan and Nigel Farage who have both been my MEP since 1999 when the current structure was established.
I have never met Annelise but I am grateful to her for bothering to inform me of her hard work on my behalf. One day the other 5 well staffed MEPs might get their heads together and work out how to achieve the same simple objective of sending a single piece of between election literature on what they have done whilst working for me LOL!