Join us for our annual Christmas Wine and Cheese evening with special guest Sir Bernard Jenkin MP.
Date: Thursday 5th December
Venue: Muswell Hill (more details to follow)
Bernard is the Member of Parliament for Harwich and North Essex. He has served as a Member of Parliament since 1992, having been elected as the Member of Parliament for North Colchester in 1992, North Essex in 1997, 2001 and 2005, and Harwich and North Essex in 2010, 2015 and 2017.
In 2010, Bernard was appointed as Chair of the Public Administration Select Committee (PASC), the remit of which was to consider matters relating to the quality and standards of administration within the Civil Service. In 2015, the Committee acquired constitutional affairs, in addition to the old PASC remit, and became the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee (PACAC). As Chair, Bernard has overseen a range of high profile and important inquiries. These have looked at topics including: civil service reform; English Votes for English Laws; the future of the Union; and lessons learned from the EU referendum.
PACAC also has a remit to examine reports of the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman. As part of this, PACAC has scrutinised reports on learning from mistakes in the NHS, the quality of NHS complaints investigations, and unsafe discharge from hospital. Some of this work has built on the new Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch, which the government established in response to a PASC report on Investigating Clinical Incidents in the NHS.
Following the 2016 EU referendum, Bernard became the Chair of the Steering Committee of the European Research Group, a group of Euroskeptic members from both Houses of Parliament with the aim of influencing government policy on the European Union. The Steering Committee is responsible for setting the overall direction of the ERG, and is comprised mainly of former Cabinet Ministers.