South East Regional Select Committee

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The South 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 South 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[5] and Liberal Democrats[6] refusing to nominate any members as a sign of their opposition to the existence of regional committees.

Member Party Constituency
Dr Stephen Ladyman MP (Chair) Labour South Thanet
Celia Barlow MP Labour Hove
David Lepper MP Labour Brighton Pavilion
Gwyn Prosser MP Labour Dover
Andrew Smith MP Labour Oxford East

Source: Parliament website