Two Cornish MPs have been elected to important parliamentary committees.
Steve Double, Member of Parliament for St Austell and Newquay has been elected to the influential Transport Select Committee in Parliament.
Meanwhile South East Cornwall MP Sheryll Murray will now sit on the DEFRA committee after returning to the back benches after a stint as a PPS.
The Transport Committee is charged by the House of Commons with scrutiny of the Department for Transport. Its formal remit is to examine the expenditure, administration and policy of the Department of Transport and its associated public bodies.
Commenting, Steve said:
“It is an honour to have been elected by my colleagues to sit on the Transport Select Committee and I am very grateful for their support.”
“I will be using my position to be a strong voice for Cornwall and the South West on the committee. I look forward to speaking up for Cornwall and our transport infrastructure, to ensure we continue to get the investment we need in our road, rail and air network and ensuring we get a fair share of the funding allocated by Government for all things transport-related.”
Sheryll Murray has been elected to the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee whose job it is to scrutinise the DEFRA department in Parliament.
An election is held amongst MPs to see who represents them on these important Committees. Eight Conservative MPs put their names forward for the three Conservative places on this Committee. Sheryll was elected alongside Dr Caroline Johnson MP from Sleaford & North Hykeham and Julian Sturdy MP from York.
Sheryll was, prior to the General Election, the Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Defra Secretary of State. Sheryll is the current co-chairman for the Fisheries All Party Group and has worked with the fishing industry for a number of years.
In a statement Sheryll said, “I know how important this department is to my constituency. I wanted to return to the backbenches so I could be a strong voice for our farmers, producers and fishermen and believe I will bring valuable insight and experience. I also want to ensure environmental issues such as flooding and waste in our seas are being properly investigated. I look forward to working with colleagues on this important cross party committee.”