Select Committees are made up of groups of backbench MPs, and their role is to scrutinise Government departments and to hold them to account.
Teresa has spent the last 12 months on the Work and Pensions Select Committee scrutinising the work of the Department for Work and Pensions and fighting damaging Government policies in the Welfare Reform Bill and the Pensions Bill. She also pushed for improvements to Government plans for Universal Credit, a flat-rate pension and a scheme to automatically enrol people in low income jobs into a pension scheme.
She will now turn her attention to the work of the Chancellor George Osborne and HM Treasury, including the Committee’s current inquiries on the tax gap and the banking sector.
“I am really looking forward to using my previous experience at the Inland Revenue and as a tax investigation specialist to contribute to the work of the Treasury Select Committee. Our tax system needs to be made fairer and the banking sector reformed and properly regulated.
“It is a powerful Committee and I will make sure I hold the Chancellor and his Treasury to account for their tax and economic policies. There is a lot of work that needs to be done highlighting how people in places like Erith and Thamesmead are being hurt by the Government.”