Frank Field to chair Work and Pensions committee

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Long-serving Labour MP Frank Field has been elected to chair the House of Commons’ work and pensions committee.

Field, who has been in Parliament since 1979, defeated fellow Labour MPs Teresa Pearce and Kate Green in a poll of all parliamentarians.

Field has been a long-time campaigner on poverty issues, and served as David Cameron’s poverty tsar during the last Parliament.

During the last Parliament, he raised concerns on pension savers being ripped off due to a lack of advice being provided in the aftermath of the new freedoms.

The committee was chaired by Dame Anne Begg during the last Parliament, although Begg announced her intention to seek re-election for the role before later losing her Aberdeen South seat to the SNP.

At the same time, Meg Hillier has been elected to lead the Public Accounts Committee, replacing Labour’s Margaret Hodge.

Conservative MP Andrew Tyrie was re-elected to chair the Treasury Committee after no MPs came forward to challenge his incumbency.