KEIGHLEY'S new MP has been elected to serve on the parliamentary Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee.

Robbie Moore secured a place following a hotly-contested election.

The committee is appointed by the Commons to examine the expenditure, administration and policy of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and associated public bodies.

Mr Moore said it was “an honour” to be elected.

He added: “Coming from a farming background and having worked previously as a rural chartered surveyor for over ten years, as well as being involved in my family’s agricultural waste recycling company, I look forward to bringing that expertise to the table.

“The Keighley and Ilkley constituency has a diverse mix of urban and rural, playing host to some of the nation’s most iconic countryside – like Ilkley Moor and the Worth Valley.

“This month we have seen large-scale flooding all over the constituency and we have local issues, such as cleaning-up the River Wharfe and the Aire Valley incinerator proposal.

“Having a seat on this committee will give me a great opportunity to raise concerns and scrutinise new policy relating to the environment, food, agriculture and rural affairs.”

The committee is chaired by Neil Parish MP, who was re-elected unopposed.