THEIR electoral boundaries may have shared a border with one another, but two incumbent MPs from neighbouring Hampshire constituencies could hardly have been further apart in the first-ever People-Power Index.

The index, assembled by, seeks to rank MPs on their “openness and responsiveness” to constituents.

And the results show that Caroline Nokes, of Romsey and Southampton North, charted third on the list ranking all 650 MPs who held seats from 2017 to 2019.

North West Hampshire’s Kit Malthouse, meanwhile, was ranked 554th.

Other incumbent north Hampshire MPs ranked far higher, with Basingstoke’s Maria Miller in 146th place, and North East Hampshire’s Ranil Jayawardena sitting in 100th spot.’s People-Power Index is described as “a health check of how Parliament is working and how our MPs are listening to, and engaging with, their constituents.”

Using ten data sources, the index measures factors including an MP's availability to his or her constituents, an MP's participation in Parliament and the way in which an MP listens to the public.

The findings cover the period from June 2017 until November 6, this year, when Parliament was dissolved ahead of this Thursday’s general election.

Both Ms Nokes and Mr Malthouse will be standing for re-election on Thursday, as will Ms Miller and Mr Jayawardena.