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Thursday, November 29, 2012
A Norfolk MP has been praised for holding Whitehall officials to account by scooping an award.
South Norfolk MP Richard Bacon was voted select committee member of the year by his fellow MPs at the parliamentary House Magazine’s annual awards ceremony.
The Conservative was hailed as the Commons Public Accounts Committee’s “most effective performer” at the awards on Wednesday night.
Mr Bacon said he was “honoured” to receive the award.
“Serving on the Public Accounts Committee is a unique privilege and no other Commons committee is quite like it. The committee examines everything from occupational pensions to the Olympics although our concern is always the same one, which is safeguarding the interests of taxpayers. The committee commands such respect largely because of its cross-party approach.”
“I am honoured to have been recognised by my fellow MPs. Given that the nation’s finances are in such difficulty, keeping a close eye on how taxpayers’ money is used has never been more important. I am very touched by this accolade.”