Robert Halfon, the former minister for apprentices and skills, has been elected to chair the Education Select Committee.
The final round of voting took place on Wednesday 12th July, nominating Mr Halfon over his successor Neil Carmichael who lost his seat in the last general election.
In a statement supporting his candidacy, Mr Halfon stated that his mission would be “to work to strengthen the ladder of opportunity and increase access to every rung, from bottom to top”. He also wants to expand adult education and plug the skills deficit, “particularly in science, technology, engineering and math subjects”.
Halfon was sacked from his ministerial post as apprenticeships and skills minister in June after a year in the role, announcing on twitter “The Prime Minister has to make these decisions” and “I wasn’t really given a reason”. He has denied that he stood as an act of rebellion against his party leader Theresa May.
He has said that he seeks to focus the committee onto six areas, which he has listed as:
Mr Halfon, MP to Harlow in Essex, was the first MP to hire an apprentice in 2010.