Home Affairs Select Committee

The Home Affairs Select Committee is a Departmental Committee of the House of Commons in the Parliament of the United Kingdom.


The Home Affairs Committee is one of the House of Commons Select Committees related to government departments: its terms of reference are to examine "the expenditure, administration and policy of the Home Office and its associated public bodies".

The Committee chooses its own subjects of inquiry, within the overall terms of reference. It invites written evidence from interested parties and holds public evidence sessions, usually in committee rooms at the House of Commons, although it does have the power to meet away from Westminster.

At the end of each inquiry, the Committee will normally agree a Report based on the evidence received. Such Reports are published and made available on the internet. Reports usually contain recommendations to the Government and other bodies. The Government by convention responds to reports within about two months of publication. These responses are also published.


Current inquiries are focusing on

Recent inquiries have focused on:


Yvette Cooper took the position of Chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee on 19 October 2016 and was re-elected to the position on 12 July 2017.

The remaining members of the Committee were formally appointed on 12 September 2017.[2]

Member Party Constituency
Rt Hon. Yvette Cooper MP
Labour Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford
Rehman Chishti MP Conservative Gillingham and Rainham
Sir Christopher Chope MP Conservative Christchurch
Janet Daby MP Labour Lewisham East
Stephen Doughty MP Labour (Co-op) Cardiff South and Penarth
Chris Green MP Conservative Bolton West
Kate Green OBE MP Labour Stretford and Urmston
Tim Loughton MP Conservative East Worthing and Shoreham
Stuart McDonald MP Scottish National Party Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East
Douglas Ross MP Conservative Moray
Toby Perkins MP Labour Chesterfield



Occasionally, the House of Commons orders changes to be made in terms of membership of select committees, as proposed by the Committee of Selection. Such changes are shown below.

Date Outgoing Member
& Party
Constituency New Member
& Party
Constituency Source
2 November 2010 Mary Macleod MP (Conservative) Brentford and Isleworth James Clappison MP (Conservative) Hertsmere Hansard
14 February 2011 Aidan Burley MP (Conservative) Cannock Chase Michael Ellis MP (Conservative) Northampton North Hansard
22 October 2012 Rt Hon Alun Michael MP (Labour Co-op) Cardiff South and Penarth
Vote & Proceedings
26 November 2012
Karl Turner MP (Labour) Kingston upon Hull East Hansard
4 February 2012 Karl Turner MP (Labour) Kingston upon Hull East Chris Ruane MP (Labour) Vale of Clwyd Hansard
4 November 2013 Steve McCabe MP (Labour) Birmingham, Selly Oak Ian Austin MP (Labour) Dudley North Hansard
4 November 2013 Bridget Phillipson MP (Labour) Houghton and Sunderland South Paul Flynn MP (Labour) Newport West Hansard
4 November 2013 Chris Ruane MP (Labour) Vale of Clwyd Yasmin Qureshi MP (Labour) Bolton South East Hansard
6 September 2016 Rt. Hon Keith Vaz MP (Labour) Leicester East
19 October 2016
Rt. Hon Yvette Cooper MP (Labour) Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford
4 December 2017 Rt. Hon Esther McVey MP (Conservative) Tatton Douglas Ross MP (Conservative) Moray Hansard
5 February 2018 Preet Gill MP (Labour) Birmingham Edgbaston John Woodcock MP (Labour) Barrow and Furness Hansard
20 February 2018 Will Quince MP (Conservative) Colchester Kirstene Hair MP (Conservative) Angus Hansard
8 May 2019 Alex Norris MP (Labour Co-op) Nottingham North Janet Daby MP (Labour) Lewisham East Hansard
8 May 2018 John Woodcock MP (Independent) Barrow and Furness Toby Perkins MP (Labour) Chesterfield Hansard

Chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee

Chair Party Constituency First elected Method
Yvette Cooper Labour Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford 19 October 2016 Elected by the House of Commons[3]
Keith Vaz Labour Leicester East 26 July 2007 Elected by the Select Committee[4]
John Denham Labour Southampton Itchen 15 July 2003 Elected by the Select Committee
Chris Mullin Labour Sunderland South 18 July 2001 Elected by the Select Committee
Robin Corbett Labour Birmingham Erdington 19 October 1999 Elected by the Select Committee
Chris Mullin Labour Sunderland South 17 July 1997 Elected by the Select Committee
Ivan Lawrence Conservative Burton 15 July 1992 Elected by the Select Committee
John Wheeler Conservative Westminster North June 1987 Elected by the Select Committee

Election results

From June 2010 chairs of select committees have been directly elected by a secret ballot of the whole House of Commons using the alternative vote system. Candidates with the fewest votes are eliminated and their votes redistributed until one remaining candidate has more than half of valid votes.[5] Elections are held at the beginning of a parliament or in the event of a vacancy.[6]

12 July 2017[7]
Candidate 1st round
Votes %
Yvette Cooper Unopposed
Not redistributed
Valid votes
19 October 2016[3]
Candidate 1st round 2nd round 3rd round
Votes % Votes % Votes %
Yvette Cooper 216 39.9 235 45.4 281 58.9
Caroline Flint 149 27.5 161 31.1 196 31.2
Chuka Umunna 111 20.5 112 21.6 Eliminated
Paul Flynn 65 12.0 Eliminated
Not redistributed 23 4.3 64 11.8
Valid votes 541 518 477
17 June 2015[8]
Candidate 1st round
Votes %
Keith Vaz 412 68.2
Fiona Mactaggart 192 31.8
Not redistributed
Valid votes 604
9 June 2010[7]
Candidate 1st round
Votes %
Keith Vaz 336 58.1
Alun Michael 242 41.9
Not redistributed
Valid votes 578

See also


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