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Sunday probe peer to be sleaze head

A former adviser to the Bloody Sunday Inquiry has been appointed by David Cameron as chairman of Whitehall's sleaze watchdog.

Lord Bew takes over as head of the Committee on Standards in Public Life after the departure of Sir Christopher Kelly, who stood down in March after a five-year tenure.

The Prime Minister confirmed the new chairman following pre-appointment scrutiny by the Public Administration Select Committee on Thursday.

Lord Bew, a key figure in the peace process, joined Queen's University Belfast in 1979 and was made Professor of Irish Politics in 1991.

He acted as historical adviser to the Bloody Sunday Inquiry between 1998 and 2001 and was appointed as an independent peer for his contribution to the Good Friday Agreement.

The peer takes over from acting chairman David Prince, a member of the committee, on September 1.

He will receive a non-pensionable salary of £500 per day with an expectation that he will serve an average of two to three days a month.

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