Remain beats Leave in the battle of the select committees
Nicky Morgan is the new chair of the powerful Treasury Select Committee.
Theresa May faces a fresh headache after a string of Remain-supporting Conservatives MPs were elected to lead powerful Commons committees.
Nicky Morgan held off competition from five other Tories – including prominent Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg – to become chair of the Treasury Select Committee.
Morgan has been one of the most outspoken critics of May’s policies since she was sacked from the Cabinet last year, and has also led calls for the Government to pursue a so-called “soft Brexit”.
Another Tory Remainer sacked by May, Robert Halfon, will take the helm at the Education Committee.
Neil Parish and Tom Tugendhat also won their elections for the Environment and Foreign Affairs committees respectively. Both Tory MPs backed the pro-EU campaign last year.
Tugendhat - seen by some as a future foreign secretary - ousted incumbent Crispin Blunt, who supported Leave shortly before the referendum. Parish defeated, among others, Zac Goldsmith in his race.
The only pro-Brexit Tories to win contested select committee elections were Julian Lewis and Andrew Murrison.
The positions were decided by MPs from all parties under the alternative vote method and the committees are distributed among the parties according to how many Commons seats they have.
FULL LIST OF COMMITTEE CHAIRS:
Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (Labour) – Rachel Reeves
Communities and Local Government (Labour) – Clive Betts
Defence (Conservative) – Dr Julian Lewis
Education (Conservative) – Robert Halfon
Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Conservative) – Neil Parish
Foreign Affairs (Conservative) – Tom Tugendhat
Northern Ireland Affairs (Conservative) – Dr Andrew Murrison
Science and Technology (Liberal Democrat) – Norman Lamb
Transport (Labour) – Lilian Greenwood
Treasury (Conservative) – Nicky Morgan
Culture, Media and Sport (Conservative) - Damian Collins
Exiting the EU (Labour) – Hilary Benn
Health (Conservative) – Dr Sarah Wollaston
International Development (Labour) – Stephen Twigg
Home Affairs (Labour) – Yvette Cooper
International Trade (Scottish National Party) – Angus Brendan MacNeil
Justice (Conservative) – Robert Neill
Scottish Affairs (Scottish National Party) – Pete Wishart
Welsh Affairs (Conservative) – David T C Davies
Women and Equalities (Conservative) – Mrs Maria Miller
Work and Pensions (Labour) – Frank Field
Environmental Audit (Labour) – Mary Creagh
Petitions (Labour) – Helen Jones
Procedure (Conservative) – Mr Charles Walker
Public Accounts (Labour) – Meg Hillier
Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs (Conservative) – Mr Bernard Jenkin
Standards (Labour) - Sir Kevin Barron
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