Latvia's top MEPs are ...

It is the awards season, so what better way to celebrate than by naming Latvia's best and worst Members of the European parliament? Well, there are many better ways, but here goes, nevertheless.

Ranking website MEPRanking.eu collates data on the activities of all MEPs to see how often they show up, ask questions, get involved and pursue other initiatives as part of their democratic duties. You can read the full methodology HERE.

The results show that Latvia's top MEP by some distance is Roberts Zīle (National Alliance) with a score of 118 points. He makes it into the top 20 MEPs in all - an impressive achievement considering there are 751 MEPs in the European parliament.

Second place in the Latvian ranking is Sandra Kalniete (Unity) scoring 74 points, followed by Krišjanis Karinš (Unity) on 69.2 points.

There is then another significant gap before reaching Andrejs Mamikins (Harmony) on 29 points, Artis Pabriks (Unity) on 22 points and Tatjana Ždanoka (Latvia's Russian Union) with just 13 points. 

Bringing up the rear are Inese Vaidere (Unity) on 6 points and last of all Iveta Grigule (Greens and Farmers Union) who manages an astonishing 0.36 points, a score that causes doubts as to whether she actually exists at all.

She is ranked as the 738th most effective MEP in Europe and by this methodology, one Roberts Zīle is worth 328 Iveta Grigules - a terrifying thought. 

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