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How important are select committees and their new chairs?

As we wait for both Labour and the Liberal Democrats to complete their respective leadership elections, some other significant elections have taken place within the House of Commons recently. The chairs of the Commons select committees – the prominent cross-party groups of MPs that scrutinise the activity of each government department and other political issues – were confirmed at the end of last month. Alongside frontbench opposition MPs, committee chairs are some of the highest-profile...

Using Parliamentary Select Committees to shape policy and raise profile

Since the UK’s decision to leave the EU, businesses, trade associations and the third sector have experienced a sustained period of uncertainty. It is not just the Groundhog Day feeling generated by the process that is frustrating, but the lack of a domestic agenda in Parliament. The legislative process has noticeably slowed. A combination of Brexit and a minority Conservative Government has made any prospect of initiating transformative change in crucial areas such as health and education...

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GK Strategy 6th Feb, 2019 Insight
Brexit , Select Committee , Politics
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2018’s best Select Committee moments

The festive season is upon us, but it seems that Sports Direct boss Mike Ashley is not yet feeling the Christmas cheer. When quizzed on the decline of the high street by the Housing, Communities and Local Government Select Committee this week. the businessman defended himself by stressing he was “not Father Christmas”. 2018 has seen a wealth of memorable moments from Westminster’s Committee rooms....

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GK Strategy 20th Dec, 2018 Strategy
Select Committee
3 min read