Robert Halfon re-elected as education committee chair

Conservative MP for Harlow is re-elected unopposed to the House of Commons select committee

Catherine Lough

Robert Halfon

Robert Halfon, who served as Commons Education Select Committee chair from 2017 to 2019, and is the Conservative MP for Harlow, has been re-elected unopposed as the chair for the committee today.

Mr Halfon described his re-election as an "honour" on his Twitter account, having confirmed he would seek re-election in December 2019. 

No other MPs stood against him and he was re-elected at 4pm today.

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In a supporting statement, Mr Halfon emphasised the need to help disadvantaged pupils who are 19 months behind their peers at GCSE, with some groups "particularly vulnerable".

He added: "If re-elected as chair, I will continue to work with colleagues to champion skills, social justice, standards, and support for the teaching profession. These should be the interlocking foundations of the government’s education programme."

Mr Halfon was first elected to the committee chair in 2017, having served as skills minister prior to that.

He has spoken previously of a "clear correlation" between school exclusions and knife crime and has also described funding for SEND in schools as a "Wild West" situation.

And he has argued against the "cliff-edge" nature of the reformed GCSE qualifications.

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Catherine Lough

Catherine Lough is a reporter at Tes.

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