A colleague has just pointed out the excellent website http://www.theyworkforyou.com
Using this site you can punch in your postcode and it helpfully brings up details about your local MP and how they have voted on key issues in the last few years.
Here is Hazel Blears record (my local MP, in Salford)
Has never voted on a transparent Parliament.
Voted moderately for introducing a smoking ban.
Voted strongly for introducing ID cards.
Voted very strongly for introducing foundation hospitals.
Voted strongly for introducing student top-up fees.
Voted very strongly for Labour’s anti-terrorism laws.
Voted very strongly for the Iraq war.
Voted very strongly against an investigation into the Iraq war.
Voted very strongly for replacing Trident.
Voted strongly for the hunting ban.
Voted very strongly for equal gay rights.
Voted a mixture of for and against laws to stop climate change.
Never rebels against their party in this parliament.
The website may be entitled “theyworkforyou.com” but on several key issues (Iraq war, ID card and student top-up fees to name a few) she didn’t work for me. On the issue of climate change, it seems the website should be “dotheyworkforanyone.com?”