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The absence of parliament’s Liaison Committee requires immediate resolution

Government efforts to install a preferred chair have left one of the most important committees out of action at a critical time

By Hannah White  

Bernard Jenkin . photo: Matt Crossick/Matt Crossick/Empics Entertainment

Select committees have adapted rapidly to the arrival of coronavirus and the restrictions on physical proximity it has placed on everyone. Moving their hearings online, many Commons committees have continued to sit through the Easter recess, taking evidence from a wide range of experts and those involved in the government response, and eliciting important information.

But there has been one notable absence. The Liaison Committee—made up of all Commons select committee…

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