Karin Smyth will serve as one of the Labour MPs on the Public Accounts Committee, a group of MPs that scrutinises government spending.
“I look forward to this important opportunity to hold the government to account over the way it spends taxpayers’ money, ensuring it is used wisely and efficiently and that people up and down the country get value for money,” she said.
“The Public Accounts Committee can play an important role in holding the government to account, and I intend to play a full part in doing so.”
The Public Accounts Committee is one of a number of Parliamentary Select Committees, comprising MPs of all parties. It is appointed by the House of Commons to examine “the accounts showing the appropriation of the sums granted to Parliament to meet the public expenditure, and of such other accounts laid before Parliament as the Committee may think fit” (Standing Order No 148).