An alternative vote has been introduced at Westminster... one that judges MPs on their looks.
Chorley and South Ribble’s Parliamentary representatives, Lindsay Hoyle and Lorraine Fulbrook, are amongst hundreds to be scrutinised for their sex-appeal in what is described as ‘a fun and memorable tool to help the British public get to know their Members of Parliament’.
The website sexymp.co.uk ranks 648 MPs in order of their ‘sexiness’, based on online votes, and it seems Chorley and Leyland haven’t fared too well.
Chorley’s Lindsay Hoyle came in at number 615, while South Ribble’s Lorraine Fullbrook did a little better, ranking in at number 410 on the hot list.
She took the news fairly well though, saying: “I’m glad I’m higher than Lindsay Hoyle, and I’m quite happy with the result.
“At least I’m not in last place!”
She added: “I haven’t actually seen the website and have no intentions to look at it, but I realise that in the grand scheme of things, it’s just a bit of fun.
“I’m busy dealing with my constituents, and my work does not involve worrying about my ranking on a sexy MP website.
“It would be nice if my constituents could vote for me though, and move me up the list a bit.”
In the girls’ competition, Lorraine came 101st out of 142, while Lindsay ranked in at 482 out of the 506 men in the poll.
He said: “It’s not really my type of thing.
“It’s for the public to judge on if they want to, but my job is to represent the good people of Chorley, and let them worry about the website.”
Viewers are given a choice between two MPs each time they access the site so the results are constantly changing.
The craze was set up by Francis Boulle, who said: “I thought it would be an interesting opportunity to hold the first ever parliamentary beauty contest and find out once and for all which MPs have the most sex-appeal.
“Although I fully expect this to offend some people, this was never my intention and I hope people will see the funny side.”