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Parish and Creagh return at Westminster

The chairs of two Parliamentary select committees with a remit that includes the waste sector have been re-elected.

Conservative MP Neil Parish was overwhelmingly re-elected ahead of fellow Tory challengers Zac Goldsmith and Bill Wiggin.

MPs voted for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Efra) select committee chair on 12 July.

Parish said he was delighted to return, and the coming months were crucial for Defra in preparing for the Brexit negotiations.

”My committee has a vital role to play. I look forward to working with colleagues across the House to hold the Government’s feet to the fire on issues such as Brexit preparations, post-Brexit agricultural policy and air quality.

“I am keen to continue our work listening to the concerns of rural communities and stakeholders in the agricultural and environmental sectors to make sure their voices are heard in Parliament.”

mary creagh environmental audit committee

mary creagh environmental audit committee

No-one stood against Mary Creagh as chair of the Environmental Audit Committee so she was returned without a vote to head Parliament’s ’cross-party green watchdog’.

“Solving environmental problems like air pollution, plastic waste and wildlife loss is vital if we want to leave a better world for our children,” she said.

”The environment was conspicuously absent from the Queen’s speech. I am determined it will not be ignored in the Brexit negotiations.”

Other committees of relevance to the waste industry include Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, chaired by Labour’s Rachel Reeves; Communities and Local Government (Clive Betts, Labour); Treasury (Nicky Morgan, Conservative).

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