Labour MP Meg Hillier elected chair of Public Accounts Committee

Hillier will lead the select committee, which under her predecessor Margaret Hodge was highly critical of the Charity Commission

Meg Hillier
Meg Hillier

Meg Hillier, the Labour and Co-operative MP for Hackney South and Shoreditch, has been elected as the new chair of the Public Accounts Committee.

The heads of all the House of Commons select committees have been named. Bernard Jenkin, previously chair of the now defunct Public Administration Select Committee and Conservative MP for Harwich and North Essex, was elected unopposed as chair of the new Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs committee, which replaces the old PASC and is expected to be the main committee considering issues relating to the voluntary sector.

Jesse Norman, the Conservative MP for Hereford and South Herefordshire, has been elected chair of the Culture, Media and Sport Committee, succeeding John Whittingdale, who was appointed culture secretary last month.

Clive Betts, the Labour MP for Sheffield South East, was elected unopposed to continue as chair of the Communities and Local Government Committee.

The Public Accounts Committee, which under the chair of Labour's Margaret Hodge was highly critical of the Charity Commission’s performance, is expected to deal with a further report by the National Audit Office on the commission in the next couple of years.

Hillier has been MP for Hackney South and Shoreditch for 10 years and is a trustee of the charity the War Memorials Trust. She was a junior minister at the Home Office between 2007 and 2010.

Her husband, Joe Simpson, is founder and director of a charity called the Leadership Centre for Local Government, which develops leaders in the public sector and is funded by the Department for Communities and Local Government.

Norman is a trustee of the Roundhouse Trust and a director of the Hay Festival of Literature and the Arts.

The remaining members of each committee are yet to be named.

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