Lucy Powell, Ian Mearns to serve again on education committee

Former shadow education secretary Lucy Powell has been selected to serve again on the Parliamentary education committee, Schools Week has learned.

Labour has also put forward Ian Mearns, a long-serving committee member, for another term. He served as a de facto deputy to chair Robert Halfon during the last Parliament.

Labour has also nominated Fleur Anderson, the new MP for Putney and Apsana Begum, who represents Poplar and Limehouse.

Because of the make-up of the new Parliament, Labour only has four seats on the committee, while the Conservatives have six including the chair.

Jonathan Gullis, a former teacher and NASUWT rep-turned-Tory MP for Stoke-on-Trent North has confirmed he is one of the five other Conservatives elected.

“I am delighted to say I have been successful in being elected onto the education select committee. I look forward to working with the chair and members from across the House of Commons, to ensure the very best education is given to our future generations.”

The final membership of the committee is subject to final approval in Parliament.

More to follow.