WHEN did you last see your MP?

In Oxfordshire, we are now paying £50,000 more for our MPs than at the height of the expenses scandal in 2009 — but are we being represented any better?

On Friday, Wantage and Didcot MP Ed Vaizey is bring planning minister Nick Boles down from London to meet some real people and answer for his policies.

But when it came to the vote on Syria, Mr Vaizey backed his Prime Minister, Witney MP David Cameron, in calling for some kind of military action. How many of his constituents wanted to see the UK enter another Middle Eastern conflict?

Oxford West and Abingdon MP Nicola Blackwood’s claims rose by 12 per cent in the last year and her staffing costs by more than £15. And, yet, she was seemingly unable to do anything for the residents of Abingdon when they were fighting a plan a housing estate on land off Drayton Road, except — you’ve guessed it — call a meeting.

She said that her workload had increased significantly since 2010, as had her need for staffing support. Henley MP John Howell’s expenses rose by less than five per cent, claiming he had “significantly underspent the budget”.

David Cameron’s expenses included £61.20 for his secretary to travel from her home in Surrey to Witney. Perhaps, if he employed someone who lives in Witney, he might save a bit of money.