Defence Select Committee

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The Defence Select Committee is one of the Select Committees of the House of Commons of the United Kingdom, 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 May 2020, the members of the committee are as follows[1][2][3]:

Member Party Constituency
Tobias Ellwood (Chair) Conservative Bournemouth East
Stuart Anderson Conservative Wolverhampton South West
Sarah Atherton Conservative Wrexham
Derek Twigg Labour Halton
Richard Drax Conservative South Dorset
Kevan Jones Labour North Durham
Mark Francois Conservative Rayleigh and Wickford
Martin Docherty-Hughes Scottish National Party West Dunbartonshire
Emma Lewell-Buck Labour South Shields
Gavin Robinson Democratic Unionist Party Belfast East
John Spellar Labour Warley

Chair of the Defence Select Committee[edit]

Chair Party Constituency First elected Method
Tobias Ellwood Conservative Bournemouth East 29th January 2020 Elected by the House of Commons
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
Michael Colvin Conservative Romsey and Waterside 1995-1997 Elected by the Select Committee
Michael Mates Conservative East Hampshire 1987-1992 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.[4] Elections are held at the beginning of a parliament or in the event of a vacancy.[5]

29 January 2020[6]
Candidate 1st round 2nd round 3rd round 4th round
Votes % Votes % Votes % Votes %
Tobias Ellwood 243 256 271 296
Sir Bernard Jenkin 173 183 193 226
Robert Courts 62 68 81 Eliminated
Adam Holloway 45 48 Eliminated
James Gray 39 Eliminated
Not redistributed 0 0 0
Valid votes


12 July 2017[7]
Candidate 1st round
Votes %
Julian Lewis 305 53.5
Johnny Mercer 265 46.5
Not redistributed
Valid votes 570
17 June 2015[8]
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[9]
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[10]
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

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tobias Ellwood is the new Chair of the Defence Committee". UK parliament. London. 30 January 2020. Retrieved 27 February 2020.
  2. ^ "Calendar of Business 2 March 2020". publications.parliament.uk. UK parliament. 27 February 2020. Retrieved 27 February 2020. That Stuart Anderson, Sarah Atherton, Wayne David, Richard Drax, Mr Tanmmanjeet Singh Dhesi, Mr Mark Francois, Martin Docherty-Hughes, Mrs Emma Lewell-Buck, Gavin Robinson and John Spellar be members of the Defence Committee.
  3. ^ "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
  4. ^ "Standing Orders of the House of Commons". Publications.parliament.uk. Retrieved 23 April 2018.
  5. ^ Priddy, Sarah. "Chairs of Commons select committees since 2010". Researchbriefings.parliament.uk. Retrieved 23 April 2018.
  6. ^ "ELECTION FOR CHAIRS OF SELECT COMMITTEES: RESULT" (PDF). Parliament.uk. Retrieved 7 March 2020.
  7. ^ "ELECTION FOR CHAIRS OF SELECT COMMITTEES: RESULT" (PDF). Parliament.uk. Retrieved 23 April 2018.
  8. ^ "ELECTION FOR CHAIRS OF SELECT COMMITTEES: RESULT" (PDF). Parliament.uk. Retrieved 23 April 2018.
  9. ^ "ELECTION FOR CHAIRS OF SELECT COMMITTEES: RESULT" (PDF). Parliament.uk. Retrieved 23 April 2018.
  10. ^ "ELECTION FOR CHAIRS OF SELECT COMMITTEES: RESULT" (PDF). Parliament.uk. Retrieved 23 April 2018.

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