GE 2019: Work and Pensions Committee chair Frank Field loses seat

Former Work and Pensions Committee chair, Frank Field, has lost his parliamentary seat of Birkenhead after 40 years as the town's MP.

Labour's Mick Whitley comfortably won the seat in last night's General Election, with 24,990 votes compared to Field's 7,285.

The result means that he will be required to step down as chair of the Work and Pensions Committee.

A new chair will be elected by the House of Commons when parliamentary time allows.

Field had resigned from the Labour Party this summer and stood in Birkenhead under the newly formed Birkenhead Social Justice Party.

Speaking to the Liverpool Echo, Field said: “Anyone of those shadow cabinet [members] would have put forward a programme that Attlee and other Labour Prime Ministers would have been proud of and won.

“Boris Johnson holds the key to number 10 courtesy of Jeremy Corbyn.”

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