Conservatives select six new MPs for Work and Pensions committee


The Conservatives have selected six new members for their contingent on the Work and Pensions committee.

The appointments mean Conservative MPs including Nigel Mills, Paul Maynard, Anne Marie Morris, Kwasi Kwarteng and Graham Evans lose their seats on the committee, which will be chaired by Labour’s Frank Field.

Pensions all party parliamentary group chairman Richard Graham is among those joining the committee, returning after a short stint in 2010.

Graham had sought election as chair of the foreign affairs committee, but was beaten by Crispin Blunt.

Graham is joined by John Glen, who sat on the defence committee during the last Parliament.

Also joining the committee are four of Parliament’s newest Conservative intake: Craig McKinlay, Craig Williams, Jeremy Quin and Heidi Allen.

McKinlay, who defeated Nigel Farage in the constituency of Thanet South, was previously a partner in a Kent based chartered accountancy and a volunteer at charity Tax Help for Older People.

Prior to joining Parliament, Quin held roles in financial institutions including Natwest Securities and Deutsche Bank, and also served a secondment at the Treasury during 2008 and 2009 under the Labour government.

Williams replaced the chair of the APPG for insurance and financial services Jonathan Evans in the seat of Cardiff North, and is a former Cardiff City councillor, where he served as chairman of the economy and culture committee.

Allen has held roles at ExxonMobile and Royal Mail, and prior to her election in May as the MP for South Cambridgeshire was managing director of a family manufacturing business based in Yorkshire.

The Conservative Party has also selected its members for the Treasury Select Committee, while Labour is expected to confirm its selections imminently.