Norman Lamb elected as Chair

10 July 2017

The new Chair of the Science and Technology Committee is Norman Lamb.

Following nominations and elections among MPs, Norman Lamb has been elected Chair of the committee for the 2017 Parliament.

The secret ballot of MPs took place on Wednesday, 12th July. Votes were counted under the Alternative Vote system.

The full list of elected committee chairs for the new Parliament was announced in the House of Commons by the Speaker, the Rt Hon John Bercow. All successful candidates are listed here.

Norman Lamb will formally take up position as chair of the committee when the remaining members of the committee have been named by the House.

Speaking after the announcement of his election, Norman Lamb said:

"I am delighted to have been elected Chair of the Science and Technology Committee.

The Committee will have a crucial role to play in addressing how science and innovation drive the development of our economy and our society.

There are issues around the position of science and innovation in the Industrial Strategy, from the opportunities and challenges of artificial intelligence to the promise of new treatments in healthcare.

I hope that the Committee will also hold the Government to account on its approach to Brexit, to ensure that the needs of our world-class science and research centres are at its heart.

It will be an enormous privilege to work with colleagues on the Committee, and within the wider science and technology community, to tackle these important issues."

Here is a breakdown of the result:

1st round
Norman Lamb 343 Elected
Jo Swinson 222

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