Blunt’s victory is an emphatic win for the pro-Palestinian cause
By Paul Goodman
ConservativeHome – 18 June 2015
The issue of Israel/Palestine is top of the foreign affairs list for Labour MPs – whose votes will have decided the Foreign Affairs Select Committee Chairmanship. Crispin Blunt is strongly identified with the pro-Palestinian cause. He won the post, defeating John Baron, Richard Graham, Daniel Kawczynski and our columnist Nadhim Zahawi.
Being a thorn in the side of the Government is a plus for opposition MPs … Julian Lewis and Jesse Norman are notably independent-minded MPs, both of whom have had run-ins with the Party leadership. Lewis is the new Chairman of the Defence Select Committee – he nearly won the post last time round – and Norman is the new Chairman over at Culture, Media and Sport. Expertise also helps. No-one can claim that either of these gentlemen don’t know their topic, though that is also true of Damian Collins, Bob Stewart, Damian Green and other candidates.
… And a thorn in the side of the opposition is a plus for Government MPs. Frank Field has been very critical of the Government over housing benefit reform, but has a long record of championing radical change to the welfare system, which has always gone down well with Conservatives. He chaired the committee back in the 1990s – and is back in charge again today.
Congratulations to the winners, commiserations to the losers. Full list below.
Results of the Select Committee Chairmen elections … Names marked with a star* indicates the election was uncontested.
Backbench Business – Ian Mearns (Labour)
Business, Innovation and Skills – Iain Wright (Labour)
Communities and Local Government – Clive Betts* (Labour)
Culture, Media and Sport – Jesse Norman (Conservative)
Defence – Dr Julian Lewis (Conservative)
Education – Neil Carmichael (Conservative)
Energy and Climate Change – Angus MacNeil* (SNP)
Environment, Food and Rural Affairs – Neil Parish* (Conservative)
Environmental Audit – Huw Irranca-Davies (Labour)
Foreign Affairs – Crispin Blunt (Conservative)
Health – Dr Sarah Wollaston (Conservative)
Home Affairs – Keith Vaz (Labour)
International Development – Stephen Twigg (Labour)
Justice – Bob Neill (Conservative)
Northern Ireland Affairs – Laurence Robertson* (Conservative)
Petitions – Helen Jones (Labour)
Procedure – Charles Walker* (Conservative)
Public Accounts – Meg Hillier (Labour)
Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs – Bernard Jenkin* (Conservative)
Science and Technology – Nicola Blackwood (Conservative)
Scottish Affairs – Pete Wishart* (SNP)
Standards – Kevin Barron* (Labour)
Transport – Louise Ellman* (Labour)
Treasury – Andrew Tyrie* (Conservative)
Welsh Affairs – David T.C Davies* (Conservative)
Women and Equalities – Maria Miller* (Conservative)
Work and Pensions – Frank Field (Labour)