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Government interference in parliament’s Liaison Committee is a retrograde step

The installation of its preferred chair at the head of the most senior select committee represents poor governance

By Brigid Fowler  

JenkinMatt Crossick/Empics Entertainment

In getting the House of Commons to appoint Bernard Jenkin as chair of the parliament’s most senior committee this week, the government has ignored or forgotten that “Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.” On 20th May, against the expressed wishes of opposition parties and some of its own backbenchers, it got the House to back its motion naming Jenkin to chair the Liaison Committee, which has functions encompassing…

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