North East Regional Select Committee

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The North East Regional Select Committee was one of nine regional select committee of the House of Commons in the Parliament of the United Kingdom. The establishment of the committee was agreed by the House of Commons on 12 November 2008,[1] following the appointment of 'regional ministers' by Gordon Brown on his appointment as Prime Minister in June 2007.[2] The committee came into existence on 1 January 2009 and ceased to exist upon the dissolution of Parliament on 12 April 2010.[3][4]

The purpose of the Committee was "to examine regional strategies and the work of regional bodies" in the North East.


The committee was first appointed on 3 March 2009 by the House of Commons, but only contained 5 Labour members as opposed to the 9 members from various parties as was agreed in the motion of 12 November 2008, due to the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats refusing to nominate any members as a sign of their opposition to the existence of regional committees.[5]

Member Party Constituency
Dari Taylor MP (Chair) Labour Stockton South
David Anderson MP Labour Blaydon
Sharon Hodgson MP Labour Gateshead East and Washington West
Denis Murphy MP Labour Wansbeck
Phil Wilson MP Labour Sedgefield

Source: Parliament website


Occasionally, the House of Commons orders changes to be made in terms of membership of select committees, as proposed by the Leader of the House of Commons. Such changes are shown below.

Date Outgoing Member
& Party
Constituency New Member
& Party
Constituency Source
23 April 2009 David Clelland MP (Labour) Tyne Bridge Denis Murphy MP (Labour) Wansbeck Hansard