Veteran MP Bob Neill has been re-elected to serve as chair of the House of Commons justice select committee.
Neill saw off a challenge from his Conservative colleague Steve Brine after a vote by MPs on Wednesday. In total, Neill secured 322 backers compared with Brine’s 226, with 37 invalid votes recorded.
Former health minister Brine had said in his mission statement that select committees should no longer be ‘dry think-tanks, serving the interests of their chairman or members’.
Neill, a qualified barrister, said he was ‘delighted and very honoured’ to be re-elected. He said this week the role requires ‘a genuinely cross-party, non-grandstanding approach, as well as proper engagement with those at the coal face’.
Select committee chairs receive an additional £16,000 salary on top of their annual £79,468 wage for being an MP. Each party is allocated a quota of committees to chair.
Parties will now choose who they want as committee members and put those names to a selection committee.