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Field is thwarted In comeback bid

Former welfare reform minister minister Frank Field has been blocked by

the Govern-ment in his efforts to rejoin the powerful work and pensions

select committee, which he once chaired.

Field, Labour MP for Birk-enhead since 1979, was fired as minister in

1998. He is known for his outspoken views which often attack the Government.

The committee will now include several first-time MPs as well as Liberal

Democrat MP Archy Kirkwood.

The membership of the Treasury select committee was also approved in a

vote in the House of Commons.

The members will decide on a chairperson for the Treasury select committee

when they meet for the first time later this week. Traditionally, the chair

goes to the most senior Government MP on the committee, which in this case

would be Labour&#39s Jim Cousins.

Cousins has established himself as an independent-minded critic of

Treasury financial services policy. It is thought the Government may

override the committee&#39s decision and impose its own choice instead.

The Treasury select committee made headlines last year when it grilled

former Equitable Life chairman John Sclater and chief executive Chris

Headdon. It also hauled Sir Howard Davies before it to explain the

regulator&#39s role in the debacle. A previous committee report backed IFAs

over their concerns about the pension review.

A political consultant says: “I think it would be a tragedy if someone

with the experience and intelligence of Jim Cousins was not offered the

role of chairing the Treasury select committee.”

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