Nicky Morgan vows to remain impartial as Treasury select committee chairwoman
Morgan was a prominent Remain supporter in the EU referendum.
Nicky Morgan has said she will remain impartial as the new chairwoman of the influential Treasury select committee despite her views on Brexit.
The former education secretary, who was a prominent Remain supporter in the EU referendum, said she was “very conscious” of what other people in the country think and expect from Parliament.
Delighted & honoured to be elected by my fellow MPs as Chair of the House of Commons Select Committee. Lots to do now.— Nicky Morgan MP (@NickyMorgan01) July 12, 2017
Asked whether she would be able to remain impartial when looking at the financial consequences of leaving the EU, Ms Morgan told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “I do, I think partly based on my legal experience where you have to be impartial – you take instructions from clients and you act on those, regardless of what you think.
“I suspect also, I don’t know, but I suspect that there will be a variety of views on the whole EU question amongst the committee members and of course as a constituency Member of Parliament I receive a barrage of views on both sides of the EU debate all the time so I’m very conscious – even if it might not be my own personal position – of what other people in the country and my constituency are thinking and what they are expecting from Parliament.”
Ms Morgan beat off competition from five other Tory MPs to land the coveted role scrutinising the Government’s finances, announced on Wednesday.