MP PHILIP Davies has been elected back onto the Commons women and equalities select committee – which he last served on in 2016.

He has been re-elected along with fellow Conservative MP Lee Anderson, who represents Ashfield in Nottinghamshire.

Mr Davies, whose Shipley constituency includes Cullingworth and Denholme, said: “I want to use my time back on the committee to promote true equality. People’s sex, race, religion and sexuality are irrelevant. We should ensure the law applies equally to all.

“Jobs should be given to people based on merit and merit alone. And I want to challenge the division of identity politics. The whole point of select committees is that there is a range of opinions on there and I hope Lee and I will be able to bring a better balance to the committee.”

Mr Davies has previously called for the name of the committee to be changed to be gender neutral. He said it was the only committee with a different name to the Government department it scrutinised and should be named the equalities committee.