Former shadow environment secretary Mary Creagh has been appointed chair of the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) following a ballot at Westminster.
The Labour MP for Wakefield will take over from Huw Irranca-Davies, who resigned last month to run for a seat on the Welsh Assembly, less than a year after being elected to the role.
She beat other nominees Geraint Davies, Chris Evans and former shadow resources minister Barry Gardiner, who shadows the energy department.
Creagh said she was “thrilled” to be appointed chair and pledged to “work across government for a more sustainable, less resource-intensive economy” after being nominated.
In her nominee statement, she said “I am a creative thinker and rigorous scrutineer whose passion for a greener government and a greener UK makes me ideally placed for this role.”
During her time as Defra shadow secretary, from October 2010 to October 2013, Creagh called for zero food waste and stronger Goverment resource policy.
She moved onto the transport brief, then international development, before announcing her candidacy for the Labour leadership last year, although she withdrew before the final ballot.
Following Jeremy Corbyn’s election as leader in September, Creagh stepped down from the shadow cabinet and joined the EAC the following month.
Prior to being appointed an MP in 2005, Creagh’s experience includes:
- Seven years lecturing in entrepreneurship at Cranfield School of Management
- Seven years as a councillor, including of Leader of Islington Labour Group
- Five years working in Brussels at the European Parliament and European Youth Forum
- Attended local comprehensive school in Coventry; MA in Modern Languages from Oxford; MSc from London School of Economics
Thrilled to be elected as Chair of Parliament’s Environmental Audit Select Committee @CommonsEAC today!— Mary Creagh (@MaryCreaghMP) February 10, 2016
The Speaker has announced that @MaryCreaghMP has been elected as the new Chair of the Environmental Audit Committee.— Commons EAC (@CommonsEAC) February 10, 2016