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Two local MPs will be holding Government to account

Posted on 13 July 2017

Nicky Morgan MPNicky Morgan, MP for Loughborough and former Cabinet Minister, has won the contest to chair Parliament’s influential Treasury select committee, beating arch-Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg to position herself as a thorn in the side of the Government’s plans for leaving the EU.

The former Treasury Minister and Education Secretary was elected against Jacob, her nearest rival, by MPs across all parties. But she had particular backing from those on the Labour benches who want to stop Theresa May’s hardline Brexit plan to leave the single market, customs union and jurisdiction of the European court of justice.

Her victory means a prominent advocate of a soft Brexit will lead scrutiny of the direction of the Government’s economic policy as it grapples with the impact of leaving the EU, a worsening economic outlook and pressure on Philip Hammond, the Chancellor, to ease austerity.

Since she was sacked by Theresa last year, Nicky has been one of the most prominent voices in Parliament warning of the economic dangers of a hard Brexit. She beat five male colleagues in the competition, winning 290 votes against 226 for Jacob, the Guardian has reported..

Nicky has said she wants the body to extend its scope beyond banks and Brexit.

The former Education Secretary, told the BBC that she wants to look "at the wider Treasury remit".

She said: "We want to look at the management of the economy, public spending decisions.

"We've got a Budget coming up, with issues like household debt, tax policy, investment in infrastructure.

"These are all the things that actually our constituents put us in the House of Commons for, the things that make a difference to household budgets and to their economic security."

Lillian GreenwoodFellow East Midlands MP Lilian Greenwood (Nottingham South) has been elected Chair of the Transport Committee for the 2017 Parliament.

The secret ballot of MPs took place on yesterday, Wednesday 12 July, with votes counted under the 'alternative vote' system.

The full list of elected committee chairs for the new Parliament was announced in the House of Commons by the Speaker, the Rt Hon John Bercow.

Lilian will formally take up position as Chair of the committee when the remaining members have been named by the House.

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