Ecclesiastical Committee

The Ecclesiastical Committee is a body created by the Church of England Assembly (Powers) Act 1919 that comprises 30 members of the United Kingdom Parliament. Its purpose is to review Church of England measures submitted to Parliament by the Legislative Committee of the General Synod. The Lord Speaker appoints 15 members from the House of Lords, and the Speaker of the House of Commons appoints 15 MPs to serve on the committee. Members are appointed to serve for the duration of a parliament.


As of 20 March 2019, the membership of the committee is as follows:

House of Commons House of Lords
MP Party Constituency Lord Party
Sir Peter Bottomley Conservative Worthing West Baroness Berridge Conservative
Ben Bradshaw Labour Exeter Baroness Butler-Sloss (Chair) Crossbencher
Fiona Bruce Conservative Congleton Earl of Cork and Orrery Crossbencher
Frank Field Independent Birkenhead Lord Cormack Conservative
Kevin Foster Conservative Torbay Lord Elton Conservative
Sir Roger Gale Conservative North Thanet Lord Faulkner of Worcester Labour
Helen Goodman Labour Bishop Auckland Lord Glenarthur Conservative
Dominic Grieve Conservative Beaconsfield Baroness Harris of Richmond Liberal Democrat
David Lammy Labour Tottenham Baroness Howarth of Breckland Crossbencher
Rachael Maskell Labour Co-op York Central Lord Judd Labour
Jonathan Reynolds Labour Co-op Stalybridge and Hyde Lord Lexden Conservative
Gavin Robinson Democratic Unionist Belfast East Lord Lisvane Crossbencher
Dame Caroline Spelman Conservative Meriden Baroness McIntosh of Hudnall Labour
Sir Desmond Swayne Conservative New Forest West Baron Plant of Highfield Labour

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