Defence Select Committee

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The Defence Select Committee is one of the Select Committees of the House of Commons of the United Kingdom, having been established in 1979. It examines the expenditure, administration, and policy of the Ministry of Defence and its associated public bodies, [1] including the British Armed Forces. The Committee's remit does not generally review Defence Intelligence which instead falls under the Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament. [2]

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Membership

As of January 2024, the members of the committee are as follows: [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10]


MemberPartyConstituency
Jeremy Quin (Chair) [11] Conservative Horsham
Sarah Atherton Conservative Wrexham
Martin Docherty-Hughes Scottish National Party West Dunbartonshire
Richard Drax Conservative South Dorset
Mark Francois Conservative Rayleigh and Wickford
Kevan Jones Labour North Durham
Emma Lewell-Buck Labour South Shields
Jesse Norman Conservative Hereford and South Herefordshire
Gavin Robinson Democratic Unionist Party Belfast East
John Spellar Labour Warley
Derek Twigg Labour Halton

    Changes since 2019

    DateOutgoing Member
    & Party
    ConstituencyNew Member
    & Party
    ConstituencySource
    11 May 2020 Wayne David MP (Labour) Caerphilly Kevan Jones MP (Labour) North Durham Hansard
    Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi MP (Labour) Slough Derek Twigg MP (Labour) Halton
    5 January 2022 Martin Docherty-Hughes MP (SNP) West Dunbartonshire Dave Doogan MP (SNP) Angus Hansard
    25 October 2022 Stuart Anderson MP (Conservative) Wolverhampton South West Andrew Bowie MP (Conservative) West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine Hansard
    Sarah Atherton MP (Conservative) Wrexham Robert Courts MP (Conservative) Witney
    8 November 2022 Andrew Bowie MP (Conservative) West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine Sarah Atherton MP (Conservative) Wrexham Hansard
    12 September 2023 Dave Doogan MP (SNP) Angus Martin Docherty-Hughes MP (SNP) West Dunbartonshire Hansard
    14 September 2023 Tobias Ellwood MP (Chair, Conservative) Bournemouth East Vacant Hansard
    25 October 2023Vacant Robert Courts MP (Chair, Conservative) Witney Hansard
    Robert Courts MP (Conservative) Witney Vacant
    11 December 2023Vacant Jesse Norman MP (Conservative) Hereford and South Herefordshire Hansard
    12 December 2023 Robert Courts MP (Chair, Conservative) Witney Vacant Hansard
    17 January 2024Vacant Jeremy Quin MP (Chair, Conservative) Horsham Hansard

    2017–2019 Parliament

    The chair was elected on 12 July 2017, with the members of the committee being announced on 11 September 2017. [12] [13]

    MemberPartyConstituency
    Julian Lewis (Chair) Conservative New Forest East
    Leo Docherty Conservative Aldershot
    Martin Docherty-Hughes Scottish National Party West Dunbartonshire
    Mark Francois Conservative Rayleigh and Wickford
    Graham Jones Labour Hyndburn
    Johnny Mercer Conservative Plymouth Moor View
    Madeleine Moon Labour Bridgend
    Gavin Robinson Democratic Unionist Party Belfast East
    Ruth Smeeth Labour Stoke-on-Trent North
    John Spellar Labour Warley
    Phil Wilson Labour Sedgefield

    2015–2017 Parliament

    The chair was elected on 18 June 2015, with members being announced on 6 July 2015. [14] [15]

    MemberPartyConstituency
    Julian Lewis (Chair) Conservative New Forest East
    Richard Benyon Conservative Newbury
    Douglas Chapman Scottish National Party Dunfermline and West Fife
    James Gray Conservative North Wiltshire
    Johnny Mercer Conservative Plymouth Moor View
    Madeleine Moon Labour Bridgend
    Conor McGinn Labour St Helens North
    Jim Shannon Democratic Unionist Party Strangford
    Ruth Smeeth Labour Stoke-on-Trent North
    John Spellar Labour Warley
    Bob Stewart Conservative Beckenham

    Changes 2015–2017

    DateOutgoing Member
    & Party
    ConstituencyNew Member
    & Party
    ConstituencySource
    26 October 2015 Conor McGinn MP (Labour) St Helens North Phil Wilson MP (Labour) Sedgefield Hansard
    31 October 2016 Richard Benyon MP (Conservative) Newbury Jack Lopresti MP (Conservative) Filton and Bradley Stoke Hansard
    5 December 2016 Jim Shannon MP (DUP) Strangford Gavin Robinson MP (DUP) Belfast East Hansard

    2010–2015 Parliament

    The chair was elected on 10 June 2010, with members being announced on 12 July 2010. [16] [17]

    MemberPartyConstituency
    James Arbuthnot (Chair) Conservative North East Hampshire
    Julian Brazier Conservative Canterbury
    Jeffrey Donaldson Democratic Unionist Party Lagan Valley
    John Glen Conservative Salisbury
    David Hamilton Labour Midlothian
    Mike Hancock Liberal Democrats Portsmouth South
    Adam Holloway Conservative Gravesham
    Madeleine Moon Labour Bridgend
    Alison Seabeck Labour Plymouth Moor View
    Bob Stewart Conservative Beckenham
    Gisela Stuart Labour Birmingham Edgbaston
    John Woodcock Labour and Co-op Barrow and Furness

    Changes 2010–2015

    DateOutgoing Member
    & Party
    ConstituencyNew Member
    & Party
    ConstituencySource
    2 November 2010 Adam Holloway MP (Conservative) Gravesham Penny Mordaunt MP (Conservative) Portsmouth North Hansard
    David Hamilton MP (Labour) Midlothian Thomas Docherty MP (Labour) Dunfermline and West Fife
    Alison Seabeck MP (Labour) Plymouth Moor View Dai Havard MP (Labour) Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney
    John Woodcock MP (Labour and Co-op) Barrow and Furness Sandra Osborne MP (Labour) Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock
    24 October 2011 Mike Hancock MP (Liberal Democrats) Portsmouth South Bob Russell MP (Liberal Democrats) Colchester Hansard
    5 November 2012 John Glen MP (Conservative) Salisbury Adam Holloway MP (Conservative) Gravesham Hansard
    10 June 2013 Sandra Osborne MP (Labour) Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock Derek Twigg MP (Labour) Halton Hansard
    4 November 2013 Penny Mordaunt MP (Conservative) Portsmouth North James Gray MP (Conservative) North Wiltshire Hansard
    25 November 2013 Thomas Docherty MP (Labour) Dunfermline and West Fife John Woodcock MP (Labour and Co-op) Barrow and Furness Hansard
    28 April 2014 James Arbuthnot MP (Chair, Conservative) North East Hampshire Vacant Hansard
    14 May 2014Vacant Rory Stewart MP (Chair, Conservative) Penrith and The Border Hansard
    3 November 2014 Julian Brazier MP (Conservative) Canterbury Richard Benyon MP (Conservative) Newbury Hansard
    Adam Holloway MP (Conservative) Gravesham Julian Lewis MP (Conservative) New Forest East

    Chair of the Defence Select Committee

    ChairPartyConstituencyFirst electedMethod
    Michael Mates Conservative East Hampshire 1987Elected by the Select Committee
    Michael Colvin Conservative Romsey and Waterside 1995Elected by the Select Committee
    Bruce George Labour Walsall South 16 July 1997Elected by the Select Committee
    James Arbuthnot Conservative North East Hampshire 13 July 2005Elected by the Select Committee
    (and the House of Commons in 2010)
    Rory Stewart Conservative Penrith and The Border 14 May 2014Elected by the House of Commons
    Julian Lewis Conservative New Forest East 17 June 2015Elected by the House of Commons
    Tobias Ellwood Conservative Bournemouth East 29 January 2020Elected by the House of Commons
    Independent
    Conservative
    Robert Courts Conservative Witney 25 October 2023Elected by the House of Commons
    Jeremy Quin Conservative Horsham 17 January 2023Elected by 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. [18] Elections are held at the beginning of a parliament or in the event of a vacancy. [19]

    17 January 2024 [20]
    Candidate1st round
    Votes %
    Jeremy Quin 37178.6
    Rehman Chishti 10121.4
    Valid votes472
    25 October 2023 [21]
    Candidate1st round
    Votes %
    Robert Courts 24957.9
    Sarah Atherton 14233.0
    Mark Francois 399.1
    Valid votes430
    29 January 2020 [22]
    Candidate1st round2nd round3rd round4th round
    Votes %Votes %Votes %Votes %
    Tobias Ellwood 243256271296
    Sir Bernard Jenkin 173183193226
    Robert Courts 626881Eliminated
    Adam Holloway 4548Eliminated
    James Gray 39Eliminated
    Not redistributed000
    Valid votes
    12 July 2017 [23]
    Candidate1st round
    Votes %
    Julian Lewis 30553.5
    Johnny Mercer 26546.5
    Not redistributed
    Valid votes570
    17 June 2015 [24]
    Candidate1st round2nd round
    Votes %Votes %
    Julian Lewis 26044.131456.5
    Richard Benyon 20835.324243.5
    Bob Stewart 12120.5Eliminated
    Not redistributed335.6
    Valid votes589556
    14 May 2014 [25]
    Candidate1st round2nd round3rd round4th round5th round6th round7th round
    Votes %Votes %Votes %Votes %Votes %Votes %Votes %
    Rory Stewart 11323.611524.112225.713929.314931.917939.322651.6
    Julian Lewis 12425.912826.813127.613829.115633.416536.221248.4
    Julian Brazier 6814.27114.97114.97716.29019.311224.6Eliminated
    Keith Simpson 4810.04810.15110.76112.87215.4Eliminated
    Bob Stewart 5210.95411.35611.86012.6Eliminated
    Crispin Blunt 449.2449.2449.3Eliminated
    Tobias Ellwood 173.5173.6Eliminated
    James Gray 132.7Eliminated
    Not redistributed20.440.840.8122.5234.8418.6
    Valid votes479477475475467456438
    9 June 2010 [26]
    Candidate1st round2nd round3rd round
    Votes %Votes %Votes %
    James Arbuthnot 21036.623642.427352.7
    Patrick Mercer 17630.718933.924547.3
    Julian Lewis 11520.113223.7Eliminated
    Douglas Carswell 7212.6Eliminated
    Not redistributed162.8559.6
    Valid votes573557518

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