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Commons Financial Watchdog Set to Retain Edward Leigh as Its Chair

Magazine article Public Finance

Commons Financial Watchdog Set to Retain Edward Leigh as Its Chair

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Edward Leigh looks set to be re-appointed as the chair of the influential Commons' Public Accounts Committee.

Leigh is one of five Conservative MPs nominated to sit on the 15strong committee. Parliamentary convention dictates that the chair goes to an opposition member and Westminster insiders strongly predict Leigh will keep his job.

The post will be confirmed at the first meeting of the PAC in the new Parliament which could be on July 14, a day after the members of all Commons' committees are rubber-stamped by the House.

Other Tories on the PAC will include David Curry, Angela Browning and Richard Bacon, who were all on the committee before the election.

Greg Clark, recently elected as MP for Tunbridge Wells, is a new member. He was previously the Tories' director of policy.

Labour members expected to be appointed include the veteran Alan Williams.

Leigh, the MP for Gainsborough, described the post as one of'the top 20-30 jobs in Parliament'. He told PF: 'I think it's certainly the best committee chairmanship. The committee is recognised as being the most effective, as it has the National Audit Office behind it. …

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