Eltham’s MP fails in bid to be elected Chair of Transport Select Committee

By | July 12, 2017

In House of Commons ballot results announced today, Eltham’s newly re-elected MP Clive Efford finished last in his bid to be elected Chair of the House of Commons Transport Select Committee.  The Chair of the Transport Select Committee has an important role to play in scrutinising the Government and would have allowed Mr Efford to fulfill his election pledge to defend train services in South East London (although the single destination consultation proposals are opposed by all parties in Eltham).

With only Labour MPs allowed to stand for the position of Chair of the Select Committee, Mr Efford was up against 4 other candidates, however, despite this limited field, he was knocked out in the first round, gaining only 60 votes compared to over 100 for three other candidates.  The eventual winner was Lilian Greenwood, MP for Nottingham South.

The results come as a substantial blow for Mr Efford who based much of his campaign for Parliament this year on his ability to stand up for rail services in South East London.  While it is likely Mr Efford will manage to gain a place on the Committee, the small number of votes suggest his influence will be limited and lobbying through active Councils like Bexley may be more a more effective way to prevent any possible danger of reduced train services from Falconwood, Eltham or Kidbrooke.

Without the position of Chair of the Transport Select Committee, it is likely that Conservatives like David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford will have more influence on the Government than Mr Efford.  Mr Evenett has said “I strongly oppose the suggestion to reduce the number of terminals that can be reached from Bexley, and believe the services to Charing Cross and Victoria are essential.”

About Spencer Drury

Spencer has been one of the three Councillors for Eltham North Ward since 2002. He is currently one of two Conservative Councillors for Eltham North, being joined by Charlie Davis following a by-election in November 2016. Born in Woolwich, Spencer is a married father of two teenage children who lives on the Eltham side of Shooters Hill. Spencer was first elected to Council in 2002 and has served on Greenwich Council as a Councillor for Eltham North ward since that time. He has worked with a range of excellent fellow Councillors over that period including Dermot Poston, Douglas Ellison, Nigel Fletcher and Charlie Davis. Spencer was Deputy Leader of the Opposition from 2004 to 2006 and Leader of the Opposition from 2006 to 2015. Spencer is an active ward Councillor who has led many campaign locally including for the warm water pool to be included in the Eltham Centre and to restore free parking on western Glenlea Road. Spencer is a Trustee of Eltham United Charities (which provides free housing for older people in Eltham) and the Severndroog Castle Building Preservation Trust (which looks after Severndroog Castle). Spencer works at Colfe’s School in Lee where he is currently Director of Sixth Form.

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