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Web site ranks UK MPs by shagability

The democratising effect of the Internet has come into sharp focus over recent months.

The Arab Awakening, driven in no small part by the likes of Twitter and Facebook, has toppled dictators and given voice to the downtrodden.

The world-wide web has become a free and open depository of all of humankind's knowledge, a source of education unparalleled in the history of civilisation and the greatest tool in pursuit of freedom of speech ever invented.

But all of these towering achievements pale into insignificance in the shadow of the new web site which allows users to rank all 648 UK Members of Parliament based on how much they would like to get jiggy with them.

Sexy MP leverages the tried-and-tested method first used by Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg in order to rank his fellow Harvard students in order of sexual attractiveness by asking users to click of one of two random images of UK parliamentarians, no doubt applying some clever maths to rank them in order of do-ability.

The site's creator, Francis Boulle (a person of indeterminate gender), says s/he created the site as "a fun and memorable tool to help the British public get to know their Members of Parliament," - or, indeed their Members of Parliaments' members - going on to explain, "Although I fully expect this to offend some people, this was never my intention and I hope you will see the funny side."

Well, we can see the funny side, Francis. But we're not sure if female front-runners Luciana Berger (Labour Co-operative - Liverpool, Wavertree), Penny Mordaunt (Conservative - Portsmouth North) or Nicola Blackwood (Conservative - Oxford West and Abingdon) will find it quite so chucklesome.

Somehow we don't reckon top-rated male and younger brother of legendarily libidinous London Mayor Boris Johnson, Joseph Johnson (Conservative - Orpington), will be too upset by his ranking.

But we can't help feeling a wee bit sorry for poor old Jim Shannon (Democratic Unionist - Strangford) who is currently 648th out of 648.