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.


Recent inquiries have included:[1]

  • Brexit-related preparations
  • Counter-terrorism
  • Domestic abuse
  • Hate crime and its violent consequences
  • Immigration detention
  • Islamophobia
  • Modern slavery
  • Policing for the future
  • Windrush children


Yvette Cooper was re-elected unopposed as chair on 30 January 2020.[2] The remaining members of the Committee were formally appointed on 2 March 2020.[3] Further amendments were then made in light of appointments to the Shadow Cabinet following Keir Starmer taking office as Leader of the Opposition.[4]

Member Party
Yvette Cooper (chair) Labour
Diane Abbott Labour
Dehenna Davison Conservative
Ruth Edwards Conservative
Laura Farris Conservative
Simon Fell Conservative
Andrew Gwynne Labour
Adam Holloway Conservative
Diana Johnson Labour
Tim Loughton Conservative
Stuart McDonald Scottish National Party


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 New member Source
2 November 2010 Mary Macleod (Con) James Clappison (Con) Hansard
14 February 2011 Aidan Burley (Con) Michael Ellis (Con) Hansard
22 October 2012 Alun Michael (Lab Co-op) Vacant Vote & Proceedings
26 November 2012 Vacant Karl Turner (Lab) Hansard
4 February 2012 Karl Turner (Lab) Chris Ruane (Lab) Hansard
4 November 2013 Steve McCabe (Lab) Ian Austin (Lab) Hansard
4 November 2013 Bridget Phillipson (Lab) Paul Flynn (Lab) Hansard
4 November 2013 Chris Ruane (Lab) Yasmin Qureshi (Lab) Hansard
6 September 2016 Keith Vaz (Lab) Vacant
19 October 2016 Vacant Yvette Cooper (Lab)
4 December 2017 Esther McVey (Con) Douglas Ross (Con) Hansard
5 February 2018 Preet Gill (Lab) John Woodcock (Lab) Hansard
20 February 2018 Will Quince (Con) Kirstene Hair (Con) Hansard
8 May 2019 Alex Norris (Lab Co-op) Janet Daby (Lab) Hansard
8 May 2018 John Woodcock (Ind) Toby Perkins (Lab) Hansard
11 May 2020 Janet Daby (Lab) Diane Abbott (Lab) Hansard
Holly Lynch (Lab) Andrew Gwynne (Lab) Hansard
Stephen Doughty (Lab Co-op) Diana Johnson (Lab) Hansard

Chairs of the Home Affairs Select Committee

Chair Term of office Party Electorate
John Wheeler June 1987 16 March 1992 Conservative Members of the Select Committee
Ivan Lawrence 15 July 1992 21 March 1997
Chris Mullin 17 July 1997 19 October 1999 Labour
Robin Corbett 19 October 1999 11 May 2001
Chris Mullin 18 July 2001 14 July 2003
John Denham 15 July 2003 25 July 2007
Keith Vaz 26 July 2007 13 September 2016
Yvette Cooper 19 October 2016 Incumbent Members of the House of Commons

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]

9 June 2010[7]
Candidate 1st round
Votes %
Keith Vaz 336 58.1
Alun Michael 242 41.9
Valid votes 578
17 June 2015[8]
Candidate 1st round
Votes %
Keith Vaz 412 68.2
Fiona Mactaggart 192 31.8
Valid votes 604
19 October 2016[9]
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
12 July 2017[7]
Candidate 1st round
Votes %
Yvette Cooper Unopposed
Valid votes N/A
30 January 2020[2]
Candidate 1st round
Votes %
Yvette Cooper Unopposed
Valid votes N/A

See also


  1. ^ "Inquiries – Home Affairs Committee". parliament.uk. Retrieved 5 March 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Yvette Cooper re-elected Chair of Home Affairs Committee". parliament.uk. Retrieved 3 March 2020.
  3. ^ "Home Affairs Committee". parliament.uk. Retrieved 3 March 2020.
  4. ^ "Committees - Hansard". hansard.parliament.uk. Retrieved 13 May 2020.
  5. ^ "Standing Orders of the House of Commons". publications.parliament.uk.
  6. ^ Priddy, Sarah (16 October 2018). "Chairs of Commons select committees since 2010" – via researchbriefings.parliament.uk. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  7. ^ a b http://www.parliament.uk/documents/commons-committees/chair-elections/Committee-Chair-Results.pdf
  8. ^ https://www.parliament.uk/documents/commons-committees/committee-chair-election-results.pdf
  9. ^ "Yvette Cooper elected Chair of Home Affairs Committee – News from Parliament". UK Parliament.

External links

  • Records of the Home Affairs Committee are held at the Parliamentary Archives
  • Home Affairs Committee