Defence Select Committee

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The Defence Select Committee is one of the Select Committees of the British House of Commons, having been established in 1979. It oversees the operations of the Ministry of Defence and its associated public bodies, including the armed forces.

Membership[edit]

As of September 2017, the members of the committee are as follows:

Member Party Constituency
Julian Lewis MP (Chair) Conservative New Forest East
Leo Docherty MP Conservative Aldershot
Douglas Chapman MP Scottish National Party Dunfermline & West Fife
Mark Francois MP Conservative Rayleigh & Wickford
Johnny Mercer MP Conservative Plymouth Moor View
Madeleine Moon MP Labour Bridgend
Gavin Robinson MP Democratic Unionist Party Belfast East
Ruth Smeeth MP Labour Stoke-on-Trent North
John Spellar MP Labour Warley
Graham P Jones MP Labour Hyndburn
Phil Wilson MP Labour Sedgefield

Chair of the Defence Select Committee[edit]

Chair Party Constituency First elected Method
Julian Lewis Conservative New Forest East 17 June 2015 Elected by the House of Commons
Rory Stewart Conservative Penrith and The Border 14 May 2014 Elected by the House of Commons
James Arbuthnot Conservative North East Hampshire 13 July 2005 Elected by the Select Committee
(and the House of Commons in 2010)
Bruce George Labour Walsall South 16 July 1997 Elected by the Select Committee

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.[1] Elections are held at the beginning of a parliament or in the event of a vacancy.[2]

12 July 2017[3]
Candidate 1st round
Votes  %
Julian Lewis 305 53.5
Johnny Mercer 265 46.5
Not redistributed
Valid votes 570
17 June 2015[4]
Candidate 1st round 2nd round
Votes  % Votes  %
Julian Lewis 260 44.1 314 56.5
Richard Benyon 208 35.3 242 43.5
Bob Stewart 121 20.5 Eliminated
Not redistributed 33 5.6
Valid votes 589 556
14 May 2014[5]
Candidate 1st round 2nd round 3rd round 4th round 5th round 6th round 7th round
Votes  % Votes  % Votes  % Votes  % Votes  % Votes  % Votes  %
Rory Stewart 113 23.6 115 24.1 122 25.7 139 29.3 149 31.9 179 39.3 226 51.6
Julian Lewis 124 25.9 128 26.8 131 27.6 138 29.1 156 33.4 165 36.2 212 48.4
Julian Brazier 68 14.2 71 14.9 71 14.9 77 16.2 90 19.3 112 24.6 Eliminated
Keith Simpson 48 10.0 48 10.1 51 10.7 61 12.8 72 15.4 Eliminated
Bob Stewart 52 10.9 54 11.3 56 11.8 60 12.6 Eliminated
Crispin Blunt 44 9.2 44 9.2 44 9.3 Eliminated
Tobias Ellwood 17 3.5 17 3.6 Eliminated
James Gray 13 2.7 Eliminated
Not redistributed 2 0.4 4 0.8 4 0.8 12 2.5 23 4.8 41 8.6
Valid votes 479 477 475 475 467 456 438
9 June 2010[6]
Candidate 1st round 2nd round 3rd round
Votes  % Votes  % Votes  %
James Arbuthnot 210 36.6 236 42.4 273 52.7
Patrick Mercer 176 30.7 189 33.9 245 47.3
Julian Lewis 115 20.1 132 23.7 Eliminated
Douglas Carswell 72 12.6 Eliminated
Not redistributed 16 2.8 55 9.6
Valid votes 573 557 518

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