Foreign Affairs Select Committee

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The Foreign Affairs Select Committee is one of many select committees of the British House of Commons, which scrutinises the work of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.


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.


As of 30 June 2014, the current members of the committee are as follows:

Member Party Constituency
Rt Hon Sir Richard Ottaway MP (Chair) Conservative Croydon South
John Baron MP Conservative Basildon and Billericay
Rt Hon Sir Menzies Campbell QC MP Liberal Democrat North East Fife
Rt Hon Ann Clwyd MP Labour Cynon Valley
Mike Gapes MP Labour Co-op Ilford South
Mark Hendrick MP Labour Preston
Sandra Osborne MP Labour Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock
Andrew Rosindell MP Conservative Romford
Frank Roy MP Labour Motherwell and Wishaw
Rt Hon Sir John Stanley MP Conservative Tonbridge and Malling
Nadhim Zahawi MP Conservative Stratford-on-Avon

Source: Foreign Affairs Committee


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 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) 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

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