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New select committee chairs—the winners and losers

Chairs who have recently been ministers will find it hard to hold the government to account

By Hannah White  
Jeremy Hunt speaks in the House of Commons Source: PA images

Jeremy Hunt speaks in the House of Commons Source: PA images

Wednesday’s elections for the chairs of 28 House of Commons select committees were the first step towards restoring Parliament’s key scrutiny bodies after the general election. What should we conclude from the winners and losers in these races?

First, the position of select committee chair continues to be seen as an attractive berth by senior MPs who don’t fancy their chances of securing a front-bench position. This…

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