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Chair nominations for Health Committee

The nominations for Select Committee Chairs ran from 4-10 June and the ballot will be on Wednesday 17 June from 10am to 5pm. On this page you can find the full list of nominees for the Health Committee, the Committee Chair will be a member of the Conservative Party.

Nominated by (own party)

Sir William Cash, Sir Gerald Howarth, Dr Poulter, Crispin Blunt, James Gray, John Howell, James Berry, Robert Neill, Alec Shelbrooke, Daniel Kawczynski, Mr Philip Hollobone, Philip Davies, Glyn Davies, Iain Stewart, Mr Peter Bone

Nominated by (other parties)

 Grahame Morris, Hywel Williams, Jim Shannon

Nominated by (own party) 

Mr Andrew Tyrie, Richard Benyon, Dr Phillip Lee, Jake Berry, Mr David Burrowes, Mr Charles Walker, Dr James Davies, Mr Bernard Jenkin, Nicola Blackwood, Sir Peter Bottomley, Anne Marie Morris, Graham Stuart, Mr Andrew Mitchell, Nadhim Zahawi, Kevin Foster

Nominated by (other parties)

Stephen Twigg, Kate Green, Kevin Barron, Fiona MacTaggart, Chris Bryant

Relevant interests declared

Husband, Dr Adrian James, is a full time consultant forensic psychiatrist in the NHS. From 1 July he will also be taking up the role as registrar of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.
One daughter is an NHS F2 doctor. I also have a daughter who is a medical student.

Statement

I believe that Select Committee Chairs must be trusted to act impartially and to value and understand the importance of evidence.

It was an honour to have been elected to chair the Health Committee for the final year of the last Parliament after Stephen Dorrell stepped down from the role. The last Committee's inquiry into Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services was an example of the kind of work I would like to see continued into this Parliament.

I worked as an NHS doctor for 24 years before changing initials from GP to MP in 2010 and have experience in both hospital and primary care, including as a police forensic medical examiner working with victims of sexual violence. Alongside my clinical practice I taught junior doctors and medical students and was an examiner for the Royal College of General Practitioners. Perhaps more importantly, I have experience as a patient in the NHS and as both a parent and daughter of those who have been patients at the sharp end. I know that few things matter as much to people as health and social care.

I believe that the Health Committee plays an important role in holding to account not only the government but all those who commission and provide these vital services including NHS England and Clinical Commissioning Groups. The Committee also holds to account the army of agencies, inspectors and regulators; bodies such as the Care Quality Commission, Public Health England and NICE. Front line experience can be an advantage when asking inconvenient questions or in recognising a poor answer.

Whilst it will be for all the elected members of the new Health Committee to decide upon their programme for the future, the Chair plays an important role in coordinating and presenting suggestions and concerns from the public and their MPs from across the House of Commons.

In their roles I believe that Select Committee Chairs are there to serve the public and Parliament, and should leave Party politics at the door.