Greenwood promises 'challenging' approach as Transport Committee chair


MPs have elected former shadow transport secretary Lilian Greenwood to lead Parliament’s oversight of the Government’s approach to transport.

The MP for Nottingham South has replaced her Labour colleague Louise Ellman as chair of the Commons Transport Select Committee following an election on Wednesday.

Lilian Greenwood, Labour MP for Nottingham South

She said: ‘Decisions on Heathrow, HS3 and Crossrail 2 are now seriously overdue. Cross-border issues in the devolved nations remain unresolved. There are serious doubts over the ability of Highways England and Network Rail to deliver road and rail investment schemes, and there is already pressure from the Treasury to reign back on existing commitments. The committee will have an important role in challenging the Government to keep pace with new technology.

‘I am delighted to have been elected to this important post and look forward to meeting colleagues and creating a collegiate but challenging committee.’

Four former chairs of key committees were relected following last month’s election.

Labour’s Clive Betts will again chair the Communities and Local Government Committee, while Conservative Neil Parish returns as chair of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee.

Mary Creagh will again chair the Environmental Audit Committee and her Labour colleague Meg Hillier returns as chair of the Public Accounts Committee.

Mr Parish said: 'I look forward to working with colleagues across the House to hold the Government’s feet to the fire on issues such as Brexit preparations, post-Brexit agricultural policy and air quality.'

Conservative Nicky Morgan has replaced Andrew Tyrie, who stepped down as an MP at the election, as chair of the Treasury Committee. Mr Tyrie had strongly challenged the Government on both HS2 and Heathrow Expansion.

The new chairs will take up their posts when other committee members have been appointed.


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