Political and Constitutional Reform Select Committee

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The Political and Constitutional Reform Select Committee is a select committee of the House of Commons in the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It was created on 7 June 2010.


The committee was created in response to changes to the machinery of government intended to give the Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, responsibility for political and constitutional reform. The functions given to the Deputy Prime Minister are as follows:

  • Introducing fixed-term Parliaments
  • Legislating to hold a referendum on the alternative vote system for the House of Commons and to create fewer and more equal sized constituencies, see Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Act 2011
  • Supporting people with disabilities in becoming MPs
  • Introducing a power for people to recall their MPs
  • Developing proposals for a wholly or mainly elected second chamber
  • Speeding up implementation of individual voter registration
  • Considering the "West Lothian question"
  • Introducing a statutory register of lobbyists
  • Reforming party funding
  • Supporting all postal primaries

In addition, the Deputy Prime Minister has ministerial responsibility for the Boundary Commissions, the Electoral Commission, and the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority.[1] All of these are therefore within the remit of the committee.


As of 12 December 2011, the membership of the committee is as follows:

Member Party Constituency
Graham Allen MP (Chair) Labour Nottingham North
Christopher Chope MP Conservative Christchurch
Simon Hart MP Conservative Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire
Eleanor Laing MP Conservative Epping Forest
Sheila Gilmore MP Labour Edinburgh East
Andrew Griffiths MP Conservative Burton
Fabian Hamilton MP Labour Leeds North East
Tristram Hunt MP Labour Stoke-on-Trent Central
Paul Flynn MP Labour Newport West
Andrew Turner MP Conservative Isle of Wight
Stephen Williams MP Liberal Democrat Bristol West

Source: Political and Constitutional Reform 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 Nicholas Boles MP (Conservative) Grantham and Stamford Andrew Griffiths MP (Conservative) Burton Hansard
8 November 2010 Catherine McKinnell MP (Labour) Newcastle upon Tyne North Fabian Hamilton MP (Labour) Leeds North East Hansard
1 April 2011 Sir Peter Soulsby MP (Labour) Leicester South
Vote and
12 July 2011
Yasmin Qureshi MP (Labour) Bolton South East Hansard
12 December 2011 Yasmin Qureshi MP (Labour) Bolton South East Paul Flynn MP (Labour) Newport West Hansard

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