Everyone loves select committees these days. But have they really changed?

Everyone loves select committees these days. But have they really changed?

The Wright reforms have been widely credited with reinvigorating select committees. In a blog originally published by Democratic AuditStephen Bates, Mark Goodwin (University of Birmingham) and Steve McKay (University of Lincoln) take issue with this assumption. They found the reforms have made little or no difference to MP turnover and attendance, which are driven by the parliamentary cycle. When MPs are jostling for payroll vote positions and trying to keep up with constituency duties and votes in the Chamber, select committees are likely to suffer.

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