The allocation of Select Committee chairmanships has brought yet ore disappointment for Sir Ming Campbell. he had set his heart on being chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee after his dreams of being Speaker were dashed. But it is not to be. The LibDems will only have two Select Committee Chairmen, International Development and Justice.
Labour will have BIS, DCLG, Home Affairs, Science & Technology, Scottish Affairs, transport, Work & Pensions, Environmental Audit and the Public Accounts Committee. All the rest go to the Conservatives. (Education, Defence, Energy & Climate Change, DEFRA, Foreign Affairs, Health, Northern Ireland, Treasury, Welsh Affairs, Procedure, Public Administration).
This time, all MPs will elect the committee chairmen. The Foreign Affairs Committee chairmanship may well be hotly fought over with Sir John Stanley and Sir Malcolm Rifkind the front runners. It is thought that Patrick Mercer may challenge James Arbuthnot for the Defence Committee chairmanship.
Any other rumours of runners and riders, feel free to let me know.