Communities and Local Government Committee

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The Communities and Local Government Select Committee is a select committee of the House of Commons in the Parliament of the United Kingdom. The remit of the Committee is to examine the work, the expenditure, administration and policies of the Department for Communities and Local Government and its associated public bodies.


As of 12 September 2017, the membership of the committee is as follows:

Member Party Constituency
Clive Betts MP (Chair) Labour Sheffield South East
Mike Amesbury MP Labour Weaver Vale
Bob Blackman MP Conservative Harrow East
Helen Hayes MP Labour Dulwich and West Norwood
Kevin Hollinrake MP Conservative Thirsk and Malton
Fiona Onasanya MP Labour Peterborough
Andrew Lewer MP Conservative Northampton South
Mark Prisk MP Conservative Hertford and Stortford
Mary Robinson MP Conservative Cheadle
Liz Twist MP Labour Blaydon

Source: CLG Committee memership agreeed


Occasionally, the House of Commons orders changes to the 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 Toby Perkins MP (Labour) Chesterfield Simon Danczuk MP (Labour) Rochdale Hansard
Chris Williamson MP (Labour) Derby North David Heyes MP (Labour) Ashton-under-Lyne
29 November 2010 George Freeman MP (Conservative) Mid Norfolk Mark Pawsey MP (Conservative) Rugby Hansard
7 February 2011 Clive Efford MP (Labour) Eltham Steve Rotheram MP (Labour) Liverpool Walton Hansard
23 May 2011 Mike Freer MP (Conservative) Finchley and Golders Green Heather Wheeler MP (Conservative) South Derbyshire Hansard
7 November 2011 Steve Rotheram MP (Labour) Liverpool Walton Bill Esterson MP (Labour) Sefton Central Hansard
29 October 2012 George Hollingbery MP (Conservative) Meon Valley John Stevenson MP (Conservative) Carlisle Hansard
26 November 2012 Heidi Alexander MP (Labour) Lewisham East Andy Sawford MP (Labour) Corby Hansard
28 January 2013 Stephen Gilbert MP(Liberal Democrat) St Austell and Newquay John Pugh MP (Liberal Democrat) Southport Hansard
25 February 2013 Bill Esterson MP (Labour) Sefton Central Mary Glindon MP (Labour) North Tyneside Hansard

Chair of the Communities and Local Government Select Committee[edit]

Chair Party Constituency First elected Method
Clive Betts Labour Sheffield South East
(Sheffield Attercliffe 1992–2010)
10 June 2010 Elected by the House of Commons[1]
Phyllis Starkey Labour Milton Keynes South West 28 June 2006 Elected by the Select Committee[2]
Previously as Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions Select Committee
Phyllis Starkey Labour Milton Keynes South West 14 July 2005 Elected by the Select Committee[2]
Andrew Bennett Labour Denton and Reddish 23 July 2002 Elected by the Select Committee[3]

Election results[edit]

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.[4] Elections are held at the beginning of a parliament or in the event of a vacancy.[5]

12 July 2017[6]
Candidate 1st round
Votes  %
Clive Betts 335 59.4
David Lammy 229 40.6
Not redistributed
Valid votes 564
17 June 2015[7]
Candidate 1st round
Votes  %
Clive Betts Unopposed
Not redistributed
Valid votes
9 June 2010[8]
Candidate 1st round
Votes  %
Clive Betts 279 50.3
Nick Raynsford 276 49.7
Not redistributed
Valid votes 555

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