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Setting up select committees should be an urgent post-election priority

How to ensure parliamentary scrutiny when MPs return

By Hannah White  

Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire/PA Images

Boris Johnson has been anxious to emphasise that should he win the general election, he will get parliament up and running as quickly as possible. The prime minister’s priority is to “get Brexit done” by getting the Withdrawal Agreement Bill into law­—something he has somewhat implausibly claimed could be done by Christmas.

The PM is keen to restore parliament’s legislative function as soon as possible after 12th December. But equally important will be setting up parliamentary committees…

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