Labour heavyweight Hilary Benn looks to spearhead parliamentary scrutiny of Brexit

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Labour heavyweight Hilary Benn has entered the race to chair the parliamentary committee responsible for scrutinising the government's Brexit strategy.

Benn is seeking re-election as the chair of the select committee on exiting the European Union, and has the support of both Labour and Conservative MPs, including Harriet Harman, Ed Miliband and Anna Soubry.

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Nominations for the position are still open and will close 3pm on Friday, so it is not yet known whether another Labour MP will stand against him.

Labour MP Albert Owen has put his name forward to chair the business, energy and industrial strategy committee, a position formerly held by Iain Wright, who did not stand in the General Election.

Meanwhile Frank Field, who spearheaded the parliamentary inquiry into BHS, is standing to chair the work and pensions committee again.

Lawmakers will vote on who should lead each committee next Wednesday. Then, MPs will jostle for positions on the different committees. Taking into account parliament's summer recess, it is thought the committees won't be up and running until next October.

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