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Election for new Chair of the Treasury Committee

26 July 2019

Following the appointment of the former Chair of the Treasury Committee, Rt Hon. Nicky Morgan MP, as Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, the Speaker has announced that there will be an election for the new Chair of the Committee.

The Speaker has told the House of Commons the following:

“I shall announce the arrangements for the election to this post, alongside any further select committee chair elections that may arise, when the House returns in September. I hope that it will be possible to hold the election, or elections, in the second week of the September sitting.”

Nominations

Nominations are likely to open shortly after the House returns in September, following an announcement by the Speaker.

In accordance with the Order of the House of 4 July 2017, only a member of the Conservative Party may be a candidate for the Chair of the Treasury Committee.

Nomination forms will be available from the Table Office, Vote Office and Procedural Hub once the Speaker has announced the arrangements for the election. Nomination forms need not be used, provided that in all respects nominations meet the provisions of the Standing Order. To be valid, nominations must contain a signed statement made by the candidate declaring willingness to stand, and must be accompanied by the signatures of 15 Members elected to the House as members of the Conservative Party. In the event that more than 15 signatures are collected from the same party as the candidate, only the first 15 valid signatures will be printed.

Nominations may be accompanied by the signatures of up to five Members elected to the House as members of any party other than the Conservative Party or of no party.

No Member may sign the statement of more than one candidate – if any Member does so, that Member's signature will be invalidated for all nominations.

Candidates should declare any relevant interests with their nomination. Candidates may wish to consult the Registrar of Members' Financial Interests. Candidates are advised to familiarise themselves with Chapters 2 and 3 of the Guide to the Rules relating to the Conduct of Members.

Candidates have the option of providing a 500-word supporting statement.

Valid nominations received each day will be printed in the next day's House's business papers. They will also be published on the Parliament website, along with the candidate's supporting signatures, any declared interests and any supporting statement.

As soon as possible after the close of nominations, if there is more than one candidate, the list of candidates and their sponsors will be placed in the Vote Office in Members' Lobby, and will be made available on the website. A booklet will also be published containing a photograph of each candidate, any declared interests and any supporting statement. If there is only one candidate, an announcement will be made that he or she has been elected unopposed.

Information about the ballot and the count will be issued once arrangements for the election have been confirmed.

Further information

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