David re-elected unopposed as Welsh Affairs chair

Monmouth MP David Davies has been re-elected unopposed as chairman of the Commons Welsh Affairs Committee.

The first Conservative ever to take the role in June 2010, Mr Davies was the only candidate nominated to stand again. Twenty cross-party MPs, including Labour, backed his bid.

Mr Davies said he hoped the select committee would continue to look at the impact of Brexit on Wales, an inquiry that was halted by the calling of last month’s general election.

He also said he wanted to revisit the issue of Severn Bridge tolls, with the government now committed to scrapping them.

“The previous committees have worked together to scrutinise important subjects across party divides and I think it’s because of this successful approach that we will see the end of tolls on the Severn Crossings next year,” said Mr Davies.

“It is crucial that businesses are given a timetable for this, which I suspect will form an early part of our work.

“My other main priority is seeing a Brexit that works for Wales and the Welsh economy.”

Under current rules, Mr Davies will have to stand down in 2018 after serving eight years in the post. However, he suggested the rules could change as select committee chairs are now chosen by a vote of MPs rather than party whips.