Three new members of the HS2 Hybrid Bill Select Committee have been appointed, replacing Ian Mearns (Labour, Gateshead) and Yasmin Qureshi (Labour, Bolton South East) as well as Mike Thornton who lost his seat at the General Election in May.
Ian Mearns has effectively been promoted as he has been elected as Chair of the Backbench Business Committee in a secret ballot of MPs. We have been very impressed with his hard work in learning about the issues around HS2 and his perceptive questioning. We are sorry to see him go, and wish him all the best in his new role.
The replacements are Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Conservative, Cotswolds), David Crausby (Labour, Bolton North East) and Mark Hendrick (Labour, Preston).
One thing that is of concern is why it has taken so long since the election to make these changes, as petitions and site visits have taken place, without the new members, who will not be up to speed on various issues?