James Forsyth

Young in favour of elected committee chairmen

Young in favour of elected committee chairmen
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It is interesting that Sir George Young took the opportunity of his interview with The Times this week to reaffirm the Tory leadership’s support for electing select committee chairmen. In the last fortnight, two Tory MPs who would like to be select committee chairmen in the next parliament have complained to me that the leadership is quietly

conspiring against the idea. But Sir George’s words suggest that this is not the case.

Select committee chairmen election should mean that we get a chairmen who is determined to hold the executive to account wherever that may lead. But it will be intriguing to see how MPs vote. For instance, will Labour and Lib Dem MPs vote for a John Redwood-style figure to head the Treasury Select Committee because that is what would cause Chancellor Osborne the most trouble?

 

Written byJames Forsyth

James Forsyth is Political Editor of the Spectator. He is also a columnist in The Sun.

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