South Shropshire MP Philip Dunne has been elected today by MPs to chair the Environmental Audit Committee.
Mr Dunne, who has served on the Committee for the past two years, will now lead the Committee in scrutinising the government’s record on the environment and climate change, across all departments.
Select Committee Chairs are elected by all MPs, and usually shadow a government department to help hold Ministers to account. The Environmental Audit Committee is one of just two Committees that holds a remit to look across government, to ensure a cross government approach to the environment.
Mr Dunne said: “I am delighted to have received support from members across the House, and to have been elected Chair of the Environmental Audit Committee.
“Our former Labour Chair has left me a very tough act to follow. But given the pressing need to address climate change, I look forward to playing my role in ensuring the government lives up to its commitments on the environment.
“We have a huge opportunity to showcase our international leadership at the 2020 UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow in November. I hope the EAC can push the agenda further and faster for government, local authorities, and local communities to lead the way internationally to commit to action on climate change and help the UK become one of the first countries to reach net zero emissions.”