Nus Ghani MP has been elected as one of five Conservative MPs onto the Foreign Affairs Select Committee.
The Committee is responsible for holding the Foreign Office and its ministers to account, examining the department’s expenditure, administration and policy. This remit also encompasses other bodies and organisations associated with the Foreign Office, such as the British Council, the United Nations and NATO.
Last Parliament, Nus sat on the Home Affairs Committee. Following her promotion to Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Home Office, Nus was unable to run for re-election for the Committee covering the Home Office.
In just the last week, the Foreign Office has covered the political situation in Venezuela, the humanitarian crisis in Burma and the developing tensions in North Korea. The issues the Foreign Affairs Committee will consider include many issues on which Nus has previously campaigned, including Daesh, UK-India relations and the refugee crisis.
Commenting on her election, Ms Ghani said:
I am delighted and honoured to have been elected to the Foreign Affairs Select Committee by my colleagues.
I am eagerly anticipating getting down to the important work of holding the Foreign Office to account and running inquiries into some of the most pressing issues currently facing the UK and the world.
The Foreign Affairs Select Committee is chaired by neighbouring Tonbridge and Malling MP Tom Tugendhat. Nus was one of a dozen MPs to put her name forward for the Committee. Conservative members of the Committee were elected on Tuesday 5th September, in a vote by Conservative MPs. The other Conservative MPs elected were Nadhim Zahawi, Andrew Rosindell and Royston Smith. Tom Tugendhat was elected as Chair in July.
The Committee will sit for the first time when Parliament returns from Conference recess in October.