Work and Pensions Committee chair Frank Field faces an early rebellion after a senior committee member slammed his criticism of pensions minister Ros Altmann.
Field described Altmann’s response to a report from the last Parliament’s committee as “miserable” earlier this week.
However, fellow committee member and chairman of the all-party parliamentary group on pensions Richard Graham has condemned Field’s handling of the situation.
He says: “Frank is speaking entirely for himself.
“Most of the new members of the committee – only three of us sat on it in the last Parliament – would prefer its name was not invoked as cover for anti-Government sniping so soon after the committee starts work.”
Field declined to comment.