POLITICS may not be classed as the sexiest of occupations – but tell that to those rating MPs’ appearances online.
A cheeky website has been set up that asks visitors to rate the attractiveness of the 648 elected Members of Parliament.
The Sexymp website pits pictures of two random MPs against each other and asks people to pick who is the most fanciable based purely on their looks.
CLICK THE EXTERNAL LINK, RIGHT, TO VISIT THE SITE
The site then lists the MPs according to how many of the mini-competitions they have won.
And, according to the poll, none of our region’s Labour MPs will be swapping their chambers for catwalks any time soon.
When the Mail looked at the website yesterday, Hartlepool’s Iain Wright was ranked highest at 197 while Easington’s Grahame Morris was at 619.
Alex Cunningham, who represents Stockton North, which includes Billingham and Wolviston, was at 404 and Sedgefield MP Phil Wilson was number 522.
(Pictured, left top to bottom) Hartlepool’s MP Iain Wright, Luciana Berger and Edward Vaizey, voted most fanciable)
Mr Wright was shocked to hear about the website, but took it in good humour and said he would be having a look at the site for himself.
He said: “This isn’t the talk of Westminster as some people have made out and none of the MPs have mentioned it to me personally.
“But I suppose it is a bit of light-hearted fun and is not meant to
“At the end of the day, it’s harmless and doesn’t have anything to do with politics.”
Mr Morris said he did not want to talk about the website when contacted by the Mail, calling it “a distraction from the important things that MPs do”.
Mr Wilson could not be contacted and neither could Mr Cunningham.
The founder of the website is said to be 22-year-old Francis Boulle, who appears in reality TV show Made In Chelsea and is heir to a diamond mine.
Number one out of the 506 male MPs was Conservative Edward Vaizey, who represents Wantage.
Labour MP for Liverpool Wavertree, Luciana Berger, topped the 142 female MPs in the list, which can change every few hours as people continually compare MPs.
The website is modelled on Facemash, the predecessor to the ever-growing social network site Facebook, that saw its founder Mark Zuckerburg create a programme that plucked two random pictures of Harvard University students and asked viewers to pick the most attractive.
People can log on to the site by going to www.hartlepoolmail.co.uk and selecting the link at the bottom of this story.