County MPs struggle in online sexiness rating poll

Tory chairman Eric Pickles visiting Abington Park Cafe with Michael Ellis and Brian Binley. 'Pictured: Tony Ansell, owner of Abington Park Cafe, with Brian Binley, Eric Pickles and Michael Ellis. 'NEWS, NEWSDESK.
Tory chairman Eric Pickles visiting Abington Park Cafe with Michael Ellis and Brian Binley. 'Pictured: Tony Ansell, owner of Abington Park Cafe, with Brian Binley, Eric Pickles and Michael Ellis. 'NEWS, NEWSDESK.

WHEN it comes to hunting down raw sex appeal, the House of Commons is not the most obvious place you would cast your eye in the search for ‘top totty’ or a ‘muscly hunk’.

But a website devoted to ranking the sexiness of our leading politicians has sent shockwaves through the corridors of power, with the battle to be crowned the Commons’ top pin-up sending MPs into a tailspin of debate and jealousy.

The website – www.sexymp.co.uk – was spotted by Conservative MP for Northampton South, Brian Binley, who contacted the Chron to voice his disgust that he wasn’t included in the top 10.

In fact, the businessman is ranked just 480th out of the 506 male MPs.

To put that in context, Eric Pickles was ranked 446th.

Mr Binley said: “I’m absolutely outraged. It is not about beauty, it’s based on raw sex appeal. How I’m not in the top 10 is beyond me.

“Who votes for these things? Clearly this is based on ageist prejudices. It’s nonsense.”

The website was established by Francis Boulle, a 22-year-old diamond mining heir, and star of reality TV show Made in Chelsea, who said he had designed it with the aim of creating “a fun and memorable tool to help the British public get to know their members of parliament”.

He 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 and parties 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.”

While Mr Binley was the lowest ranked of the county MPs, Michael Ellis and Chris Heaton-Harris fared slightly better. Northampton North representative Mr Ellis was listed in 173rd spot while Mr Heaton-Harris, who represents Daventry, was 189th.

Of the female contingent, Corby’s Conservative MP Louise Bagshawe is listed in an impressive 11th spot, just missing out on a coveted place in the top 10.

Andrea Leadsom, the Conservative MP for South Northamptonshire, was ranked 95th out of 142.

Mr Ellis said: “I’m sure it’s just a harmless bit of fun and I won’t be taking it too seriously.

“People largely expect other things of their MPs than their looks, but maybe I could try to lose a few pounds to force my way up the list.

“I wouldn’t want to be behind Eric Pickles though.”