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Norman Lamb elected chair of science and tech select committee

Lib Dem MP Norman Lamb has been elected as the new chair of the science and tech select committee.

Lamb won 343 votes, claiming victory over fellow Lib Dem Jo Swinson, who won 222 votes.

The MP for North Norfolk said he was delighted to have been elected to the position. It was previously held by Conservative MP Stephen Metcalfe.

“The Committee will have a crucial role to play in addressing how science and innovation drive the development of our economy and our society,” said Lamb.

“There are issues around the position of science and innovation in the Industrial Strategy, from the opportunities and challenges of artificial intelligence to the promise of new treatments in healthcare.

“I hope that the Committee will also hold the Government to account on its approach to Brexit, to ensure that the needs of our world-class science and research centres are at its heart.”

In the last parliament, the committee conducted inquiries into algorithmic decision making, the digital skills gap and the impact of the Investigatory Powers Bill (IP Bill) on the tech sector, among other issues.

During the Coalition era, Lamb served as minister of state for care and support at the Department for Health, a junior minister in the department for Business Innovation and Skills, and chief parliamentary advisor to the deputy prime minister.

He will formally take up the role when the parties appoint their members to the committee. It’s not yet clear if that will happen before the house rises for recess on 20 July.