Foreign Affairs Select Committee

The Foreign Affairs Select Committee is one of many select committees of the British House of Commons, which scrutinises the expenditure, administration and policy of the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office.[1]

InquiriesEdit

The Foreign Affairs Committee carries out many inquiries, and publishes a variety of reports, including an annual Human Rights Report. During its inquiry into the government's decision to invade Iraq, Dr. David Kelly famously gave evidence to the committee on 15 July 2003, two days before his death.

In 2015 through 2016 the committee conducted an extensive and highly critical inquiry into the British involvement in the Libyan Civil War. It concluded that the early threat to civilians had been overstated and that the significant Islamist element in the rebel forces had not been recognised, due to an intelligence failure. By summer 2011 the initial limited intervention to protect Libyan civilians had become a policy of regime change. However that new policy did not include proper support and for a new government, leading to a political and economic collapse in Libya and the growth of ISIL in North Africa. The report concluded that the former Prime Minister David Cameron was ultimately responsible for this British policy failure.[2][3][4]

MembershipEdit

As of January 2023, the Committee's membership is as follows:[5][6][7][8][9]

Member Party Constituency
Alicia Kearns (Chair) Conservative Rutland and Melton
Saqib Bhatti Conservative Meriden
Chris Bryant Labour Rhondda
Liam Byrne Labour Birmingham, Hodge Hill
Neil Coyle Independent[a] Bermondsey and Old Southwark
Drew Hendry Scottish National Party Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey
Andrew Rosindell Conservative Romford
Bob Seely Conservative Isle of Wight
Henry Smith Conservative Crawley
Royston Smith Conservative Southampton Itchen
Graham Stringer Labour Blackley and Broughton
  1. ^ Suspended from Labour.

Changes since 2019Edit

Date Outgoing Member
& Party
Constituency New Member
& Party
Constituency Source
11 May 2020 Chris Elmore MP (Labour) Ogmore Neil Coyle MP (Labour) Bermondsey and Old Southwark Hansard
Ian Murray MP (Labour) Edinburgh South Claudia Webbe MP (Labour) Leicester East
5 January 2022 Claudia Webbe MP (Independent) Leicester East Liam Byrne MP (Labour) Birmingham Hodge Hill Hansard
7 September 2022 Tom Tugendhat MP (Chair, Conservative) Tonbridge and Malling Vacant Hansard
12 October 2022 Alicia Kearns MP (Conservative) Rutland and Melton Vacant Hansard
Vacant Alicia Kearns MP (Chair, Conservative) Rutland and Melton
29 November 2022 Vacant Saqib Bhatti MP (Conservative) Meriden Hansard

2017–2019 ParliamentEdit

The chair was elected on 12 July 2017, with the members of the committee being announced on 11 September 2017.[10][11]

Member Party Constituency
Tom Tugendhat (Chair) Conservative Tonbridge and Malling
Ian Austin Labour Dudley North
Chris Bryant Labour Rhondda
Ann Clwyd Labour Cynon Valley
Mike Gapes Labour Ilford South
Stephen Gethins Scottish National Party North East Fife
Nus Ghani Conservative Wealden
Ian Murray Labour Edinburgh South
Andrew Rosindell Conservative Romford
Royston Smith Conservative Southampton Itchen
Nadhim Zahawi Conservative Stratford-on-Avon

Changes 2017–2019Edit

Date Outgoing Member
& Party
Constituency New Member
& Party
Constituency Source
2 February 2018 Nus Ghani MP (Conservative) Wealden Priti Patel MP (Conservative) Witham Hansard
Nadhim Zahawi MP (Conservative) Stratford-on-Avon Bob Seely MP (Conservative) Isle of Wight
19 March 2019 Ian Austin MP (Independent) Dudley North Conor McGinn MP (Labour)[a] St Helens North Hansard
Mike Gapes MP (Change UK) Stratford-on-Avon Catherine West MP (Labour)[a] Hornsey and Wood Green
  1. ^ a b Unusually, this motion was debated by the House. It was objected to by Austin and Grapes, since they perceived it to be retaliation by Jeremy Corbyn for their comments on antisemitism while they were still in the Labour Party. The change was approved by 199 votes to 134.[12]

2015–2017 ParliamentEdit

The chair was elected on 18 June 2015, with members being announced on 8 July 2015.[13][14]

Member Party Constituency
Crispin Blunt (Chair) Conservative Reigate
John Baron Conservative Basildon and Billericay
Ann Clwyd Labour Cynon Valley
Mike Gapes Labour Ilford South
Stephen Gethins Scottish National Party North East Fife
Mark Hendrick Labour and Co-op Preston
Adam Holloway Conservative Gravesham
Daniel Kawczynski Conservative Shrewsbury and Atcham
Yasmin Qureshi Labour Bolton South East
Andrew Rosindell Conservative Romford
Nadhim Zahawi Conservative Stratford-on-Avon

Changes 2015–2017Edit

Date Outgoing Member
& Party
Constituency New Member
& Party
Constituency Source
31 October 2016 Yasmin Qureshi MP (Labour) Bolton South East Ian Murray MP (Labour) Edinburgh South Hansard

2010–2015 ParliamentEdit

The chair was elected on 10 June 2010, with members being announced on 12 July 2010.[15][16]

Member Party Constituency
Richard Ottaway (Chair) Conservative Croydon South
John Baron Conservative Basildon and Billericay
Menzies Campbell Liberal Democrats North East Fife
Ann Clwyd Labour Cynon Valley
Mike Gapes Labour Ilford South
Emma Reynolds Labour Wolverhampton North East
Andrew Rosindell Conservative Romford
Frank Roy Labour Motherwell and Wishaw
John Stanley Conservative Tonbridge and Malling
Rory Stewart Conservative Penrith and The Border
David Watts Labour St Helens North

Changes 2010–2015Edit

Date Outgoing Member
& Party
Constituency New Member
& Party
Constituency Source
2 November 2010 Emma Reynolds MP (Labour) Wolverhampton North East Bob Ainsworth MP (Labour) Coventry North East Hansard
18 June 2012 David Watts MP (Labour) St Helens North Mark Hendrick MP (Labour and Co-op) Preston Hansard
20 May 2013 Bob Ainsworth MP (Labour) Coventry North East Sandra Osborne MP (Labour) Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock Hansard
30 June 2014 Rory Stewart MP (Conservative) Penrith and The Border Nadhim Zahawi MP (Conservative) Stratford-on-Avon Hansard

ChairsEdit

Chair Party Constituency Term of office Electors
Anthony Kershaw Conservative Stroud 3 May 1979 1 January 1987 Committee
David Howell Conservative Guildford 1 January 1987 21 March 1997
Donald Anderson Labour Swansea East 16 July 1997 12 July 2005
Mike Gapes Labour Ilford South 18 July 2005 12 April 2010
Richard Ottaway Conservative Croydon South 10 June 2010 30 March 2015 Commons
Crispin Blunt Conservative Reigate 18 June 2015 3 May 2017
Tom Tugendhat Conservative Tonbridge and Malling 12 July 2017 6 September 2022
Alicia Kearns Conservative Rutland and Melton 12 October 2022 Incumbent

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Foreign Affairs Committee". UK Parliament. Retrieved 4 September 2021. The Foreign Affairs Committee examines the expenditure, administration and policy of the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) and other bodies associated with the Foreign Office
  2. ^ "MPs attack Cameron over Libya 'collapse'". BBC News. 14 September 2016. Retrieved 14 September 2016.
  3. ^ Patrick Wintour (14 September 2016). "MPs deliver damning verdict on Cameron's Libya intervention". The Guardian. Retrieved 14 September 2016.
  4. ^ Libya: Examination of intervention and collapse and the UK's future policy options (PDF). Foreign Affairs Committee (House of Commons) (Report). UK Parliament. 6 September 2016. HC 119. Retrieved 14 September 2016.
  5. ^ "Tom Tugendhat MP elected Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee". Foreign Affairs Select Committee. London. 30 January 2020. Retrieved 29 January 2020.
  6. ^ "Future Business as of Thursday 27 February 2020". publications.parliament.uk. UK parliament. 27 February 2020. Retrieved 29 February 2020. That Chris Bryant, Chris Elmore, Alicia Kearns, Stewart Malcolm McDonald, Ian Murray, Andrew Rosindell, Bob Seely, Henry Smith, Royston Smith and Graham Stringer be members of the Foreign Affairs Committee.
  7. ^ "Votes and Proceedings Monday 11 May 2020". parliament.uk. UK House of Commons. 11 May 2020. Retrieved 13 May 2020. That Wayne David and Mr Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi be discharged from the Defence Committee and Mr Kevan Jones and Derek Twigg be added
  8. ^ "Committees Volume 723: debated on Tuesday 29 November 2022". committees.parliament.uk. UK Hansard. 29 November 2022. Retrieved 30 November 2022. That Saqib Bhatti be added to the Foreign Affairs Committee.
  9. ^ "Foreign Affairs Committee Membership". ommittees.parliament.uk. Foreign Affairs Committee. 15 January 2023. Retrieved 15 January 2023.
  10. ^ "Speaker's Statement: Select Committee Chairs". Parliamentary Debates (Hansard). Vol. 627. Parliament of the United Kingdom: House of Commons. 12 July 2017.
  11. ^ "Business without Debate". Parliamentary Debates (Hansard). Vol. 628. Parliament of the United Kingdom: House of Commons. 11 September 2017.
  12. ^ "Foreign Affairs Committee". Parliamentary Debates (Hansard). Vol. 656. Parliament of the United Kingdom: House of Commons. 19 March 2019.
  13. ^ "Speaker's Statement". Parliamentary Debates (Hansard). Vol. 597. Parliament of the United Kingdom: House of Commons. 18 June 2015.
  14. ^ "Business without Debate". Parliamentary Debates (Hansard). Vol. 598. Parliament of the United Kingdom: House of Commons. 8 July 2015.
  15. ^ "Speaker's Statement". Parliamentary Debates (Hansard). Vol. 511. Parliament of the United Kingdom: House of Commons. 10 June 2010.
  16. ^ "Committees". Parliamentary Debates (Hansard). Vol. 513. Parliament of the United Kingdom: House of Commons. 12 July 2010.

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