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Timetable for election of Chair of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee announced

11 May 2022

The Speaker of the Commons has announced the timetable for the election of the Chair of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee.

Select committee chairs are allocated according to party. The Order of the House of 16 January 2020 allocated the Chair of the Committee to the Conservative Party. Only a Member of the Conservative Party may stand for election although all MPs are able to take part in the election process.

Nominations open today, Wednesday May 11, and will close at noon on Tuesday 24 May. If there is only one candidate, the Speaker is likely to announce the result that day. If there is more than one candidate, the Speaker has declared that the ballot will take place on Wednesday 25 May between 11am and 2.30pm. The Speaker will announce the results in the Chamber later that day.

Candidates require 15 signatures from their own party to be nominated. Valid nominations received each day will be printed in the next day’s business papers of the House. They will also be published on the Parliament website along with the candidate’s supporting signatures, any declared interests and any supporting statement.

The vacancy arises following the resignation of Neil Parish as a Member of Parliament on 4 May 2022.

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