Wednesday, 21 July 2010

Edward Leigh Will Chair Party Policy Committee on Foreign Affairs

A system of backbench policy committee is being revived within the Conservative Party now that it is back in government and local parliamentarian Edward Leigh it can be revealed is to Chair the committee on Foreign Affairs.

The 1922 Committee, has opted to create five committees covering broad areas of government policy, rather than have one for every single government department - which was the system that operated previously. The committee will likely play a significant role both in policy formation and acting as a channel of communication between backbenchers and ministers.

Alan Clark wrote in his diaries, exalting in his victory over Julian Critchley in the contest for the Vice-Chairmanship of the backbench Defence Committee.
"It's no good just having the Left or Right "whipped" vote behind you,"

"You have to be able to pick up something from the uncommitted. Conversely, of course, it's no use just being one of the uncommitted because however well-liked you are, you are bound to get squeezed."

The elections for the chairmen of these committees have just taken place and It can now be revealed that the following have been chosen to serve by their peers:
  • Economic Affairs - John Redwood MP (Wokingham)
  • Home and Constitutional Affairs - Eleanor Laing MP (Epping Forest)
  • Foreign Affairs - Edward Leigh MP (Gainsborough)
  • Public Services - Andrew Percy (Brigg & Goole)
  • Environment - Neil Parish MP (Tiverton and Honiton)

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