Treasury committee members Rees-Mogg and Baker lead tributes to outgoing chair Andrew Tyrie

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Tyrie was first elected as an MP in 1997

Five members of parliament's Treasury watchdog have paid tribute to outgoing MP Andrew Tyrie following his decision to leave the House of Commons.

Tyrie has chaired the Treasury Select Committee since 2010, and was re-elected in 2015 without opposition.

He today revealed he would step down as an MP after 20 years.

Arch Brexiteer Steve Baker, the longest-sitting Conservative committee member other than Tyrie, said: "Andrew gave outstanding service to this country in the aftermath of the financial crisis, both as chair of the Treasury committee and in his exceptional work leading the Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards.

"It has been a privilege and a pleasure to work with Andrew, even when we have not agreed, and I shall certainly miss his insight."

Former banker and Wimbledon MP Stephen Hammond echoed the tribute to Tyrie's work on the banking commission, adding: "It will be a long-standing tribute to his time."

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Jacob Rees Mogg said Tyrie had been both "an exceptionally good" chair, and "an absolutely fearless scrutineer" of the government, and Chris Philp added that Tyrie "has turned the committee in to the predominant select committee in parliament".

"Andrew is calling time on an outstanding career in public service going back decades, and parliament will miss him," Philp said.

SNP committee member George Kerevan also paid tribute to the MP for Chichester, who he called "inspiring" and "fair but formidable".

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