Jonathan Ashworth has topped our shadow cabinet league table for the second month running. The Shadow Health Secretary was once again quoted in almost twice the number of stories as his colleagues, with his impressive press operation ensuring Labour’s arguments on the NHS are heard across the media spectrum.
Angela Rayner shot up the table from 10th to 2nd, thanks to the Shadow Education Secretary’s eye-catching pledge to invest £14 billion in upgrading school buildings, and strong response to the removal of free school meals from 1 million children from families on universal credit and the Government review of university fees.
John McDonnell, Andrew Gwynne, and Rebecca Long-Bailey also all had a strong February and complete the top five. Richard Burgon and Jon Trickett kept Government Ministers on their toes, once again asking the most questions, with 381 tabled between them.
Despite having arguably the two most important briefs in the shadow cabinet, Keir Starmer and John McDonnell were largely absent from the House of Commons chamber last month, each only appearing once for departmental questions.
Shadow Wales Secretary, Christina Rees, comes bottom of the table for the second month in a row, with Shami Chakrabarti, Sue Hayman, Valerie Vaz, and Nia Griffith making up the bottom five.
PQs: Written questions sent to Cabinet Ministers for answers
Speeches: Given in the Commons Chamber
Urgent Questions: Require the Cabinet Minister to come to the House on the day and give a response on an urgent matter
Points of order: Questioning the Speaker on whether the conduct of a Government MP was ‘in order’
Press releases: Sent out from the Party’s press office
Quotes: Comment included in national press articles
Articles: Written for newspapers or prominent news sites
Broadcast Appearances: On the major political programmes (Andrew Marr Show, Peston on Sunday, Ridge/Paterson on Sunday, Sunday Politics, Question Time)