MP for Liverpool Riverside Louise Ellman has been appointed chair of the Transport Select Committee of MPs, replacing Gwyneth Dunwoody who died suddenly last month.
Mrs Ellman has been a member of the Transport Committee and its predecessor committees since she was first elected to Parliament in 1997. She is also a Co-Chair of the Advisory Council of the Parliamentary Advisory Council of Transport Safety (PACTS).
She replaces interim chair David Clelland, who took on the role while a permanent replacement was found. Mrs Ellman's election was unopposed.
A vacancy remains for a Labour member of the Committee, who will be appointed by the House in due course.
Voting for the Crewe and Nantwich by-election begins today, in what has been a vitriolic campaign. Mrs Dunwoody's daughter Tamsin is hoping to secure the seat, but there is a strong challenge from Conservative candidate Edward Timpson.