Conservative MP Huw Merriman has been elected as the Chair of the Transport Select Committee for this Parliament.
The MP for Bexhill and Battle since 2015, Huw Merriman will take his new position after securing overwhelming backing during elections across the House of Commons.
A secret ballot took place at the end of January, with Huw Merriman securing 293 votes, surpassing the 282 needed to be elected.
It is the first time that the Transport Select Committee will be chaired by a Conservative MP for more than 20 years; Select Committees generally reflect membership in the House of Commons, so it’s no surprise that following the result of the General Election, the Conservatives hold 16 chair positions, with nine for Labour and two for the Scottish National Party.
Other members of the Committee are to be named before Mr Merriman takes up his position.
He replaces Lilian Greenwood MP after her two-year stint and Mr Merriman described her as a “class act and inspiration” for the help given to him.
Following the result of the election, the new Chair set out the aims of his tenure, with HS2 and Heathrow set to figure prominently.
He said: “I am delighted to have secured the support of the House as well as my previous Committee colleagues to lead the Transport Select Committee in this new Parliament.
“It’s a fascinating part of life as an MP and I’m looking forward to the challenging of chairing.
“It’s important that all forms of transport are scrutinised as we can do better. I don’t believe the sector delivers value across the UK – a lack of competition, accountability and responsibility causes our constituents to receive poor service and provision.
“I’ll be seeking ideas for inquiries from across the House but in particular, I would like to look at long-term transport projects such as HS2 and Heathrow; consider the environmental, economic and community costs; and forensically probe the performance of government departments, agencies and industry.”