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Chair nominations for International Development Committee

Nominations close for Chair elections.

One nomination was received for the position of Chair of the International Development Committee.

As the only candidate for the position, Stephen Twigg will be declared to be elected unopposed when the Speaker announces the result of the Chair elections after the ballot held on Wednesday 12 July.

The elected MP takes up their position as Chair of the Committee when the remaining members of the committee have been appointed by the House.

The period of nomination ran from 4th July until 3pm on Friday 7 July, 2017. 

Nominated by (own party)

Richard Burden, Mrs Louise Ellman, Yasmin Qureshi, Frank Field, Heidi Alexander, Dan Carden, Yvette Cooper, Bambos Charalambous, Ruth Smeeth, Mr Virendra Sharma, Mr Ivan Lewis, Stephen Doughty, Meg Hillier, Siobhain McDonagh, James Frith

Nominated by (other parties)

Wendy Morton, Dr Lisa Cameron, Jeremy Lefroy, Mr Nigel Evans, Paul Scully

Statement

I am seeking a second term as Chair of the International Development Select Committee (IDC). I am very grateful to colleagues from all parties who have offered me their support. I hope you will consider voting for me in this election.

I was first elected as Chair of the IDC in June 2015. I would like to take this opportunity to thank my fellow IDC members who have worked with me since then on a cross-party basis. It has been a very busy period and I am grateful for everybody's hard work.

Between 2015 and 2017 the IDC undertook a range of inquiries into the work of the Department for International Development. We looked at the Department’s aid strategy including its allocation of resources and the use of private sector contractors. We held an inquiry about the Syrian refugee crisis and a number of inquiries into the UK’s work in specific countries – Nigeria, Yemen and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

If re-elected I will seek to build upon our work in the previous Parliament including in the following areas:

  1. Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) - I believe that the SDGs should underpin all of the IDC's work. A year ago we published our report on the implementation of the Global Goals. Since then we have had reports from the Women & Equalities Committee and the Environmental Audit Committee on the same subject. These universal goals provide a template for tackling global poverty and inequality.
  2. Value for Money and scrutiny of non-DFID Overseas Development Assistance - Rightly, the public expect that UK Aid will deliver value for money. As an increasing proportion of ODA is spent via Other Government Departments effective scrutiny is even more important including the role of the Independent Commission on Aid Impact (ICAI). The predecessor IDC was just starting an inquiry into non-DFID ODA which I am keen to re-establish as a priority.
  3. Action on humanitarian crises - Last year's Global Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul was an important opportunity to renew and strengthen the world's ability to respond to crises including those that arise from food insecurity, natural disasters and conflict. This is an important set of challenges which I am determined to retain a focus on.
  4. Global Education - When the General Election was called the IDC was coming towards the end of a major inquiry into education. We wrote to the Secretary of State Priti Patel urging the Government to support efforts globally to increase spending on education. If re-elected I will propose that the new IDC completes this inquiry.
  5. Public engagement - I am impressed by the variety of civil society and diaspora organisations that work in the development field. I am also conscious that there is widespread scepticism about the impact and effectiveness of aid spending. I would like the new IDC to focus more on public engagement and promoting an informed public debate about global poverty, aid and development.

Relevant interests

Visit to Geneva in March 2017 as part of a cross-party delegation organised by Stop Aids, Malaria No More and Results UK. Full details are on the Register of Members' Financial Interests.

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