Government wins committee change vote

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Argumentative changes giving the government control of key Parliamentary committees have been accepted by MPs.

The vote gives the Tories a majority on the public bill committees in allegation of the detailed scrutiny of legislation.

Opposition MPs said it was a «constitutional outrage» and a «power grab» from a ministry lacking a Commons majority.

But ministers said they should be expert to make progress on getting legislation through Parliament.

Commons Chairlady Andrea Leadsom said the Tories had a «working majority» due to their organization with the Democratic Unionist Party, which was agreed after June’s widespread election left the UK with a hung Parliament.

‘Undemocratic power lay’

The public, she said, «rightly has an expectation for government to deliver business on account of the House in a timely fashion».

But Labour’s Angela Eagle said the DUP grapple with did not entitle the government to «gerrymander the selection of standing committees in order to cause life easier».

The SNP’s Pete Wishart said it was an «incredible, totally undemocratic power usurp from a government that does not command a majority in this Home».

The DUP had already confirmed it would be supporting the government in Tuesday night’s endorse, and the motion was passed by 320 votes to 301.

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