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Three candidates progress to election for Chair of Home Affairs Committee

14 December 2021

Nominations for the position of Chair of the Home Affairs Committee closed at noon today.

Three MPs have declared their interest in the role, triggering a ballot in the House of Commons on Wednesday, 15 December 2021.  

The new Chair will be an MP from the Labour Party, as agreed by the House following the last General Election. The process for the election of select committee chairs is set out in Standing Orders 122B and 122C. 

The candidates are: 

  • Dr Rupa Huq, Member of Parliament for Ealing Central and Acton 
  • Dame Diana Johnson, Member of Parliament for Kingston upon Hull North 
  • Yasmin Qureshi, Member of Parliament for Bolton South East 

The list of candidates, their sponsors and any supporting statements is available on the UK Parliament website. The information is also placed in the Vote Office in the Members’ Lobby in Parliament and a booklet published for MPs detailing each candidate. 

The ballot will be held between 10am and 1.30pm in Committee Room 15. MPs will vote by ranking candidates in order of preference. Votes will be counted under the Alternative Vote system.  

The results will be announced in the Chamber tomorrow under the direction of the Speaker. The Member elected to chair the committee will take up their position with immediate effect and serve to the end of the current Parliament. 

The election for the Chair of the Home Affairs Committee follows the resignation of Yvette Cooper after she was appointed as Shadow Home Secretary in November.   

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