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Betts beats Lammy in CLG committee chair battle

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Clive Betts has been re-elected chair of the Commons’ communities and local government committee.

Mr Betts, a former leader of Sheffield City Council who is now MP for Sheffield South East, was first elected chair of the committee in 2010.

His reign, however, was challenged by David Lammy, a fellow Labour MP for Tottenham who has been an outspoken critic of the response to the Grenfell Tower fire.

In his manifesto Mr Betts highlighted housing, devolution, adult social care funding, and the impact of Brexit on councils as being issues he would like the committee to address. The Grenfell Tower response also raised “issues for urgent review”, he said.

Parties will now elect members to the committee.

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