Defence Committee

Defence Committee

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.


As of 10 June 2013, the members of the committee are as follows:

Member Party Constituency
Rt Hon James Arbuthnot MP (Chair) Conservative North East Hampshire
Julian Brazier MP Conservative Canterbury
Thomas Docherty MP Labour Dunfermline and West Fife
Rt Hon Jeffrey Donaldson MP Democratic Unionist Lagan Valley
Dai Havard MP Labour Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney
Adam Holloway MP Conservative Gravesham
Madeleine Moon MP Labour Bridgend
Penny Mordaunt MP Conservative Portsmouth North
Bob Russell MP Liberal Democrat Colchester
Bob Stewart MP Conservative Beckenham
Gisela Stuart MP Labour Birmingham Edgbaston
Derek Twigg MP Labour Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock

Source: Defence Committee


Occasionally, the House of Commons orders changes to be made in terms of 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 Adam Holloway MP (Conservative) Gravesham Penny Mordaunt MP (Conservative) Portsmouth North Hansard
David Hamilton MP (Labour) Midlothian Thomas Docherty MP (Labour) Dunfermline and West Fife
Alison Seabeck MP (Labour) Plymouth Moor View Dai Havard MP (Labour) Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney
John Woodcock MP (Labour Co-op) Barrow and Furness Sandra Osborne MP (Labour) Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock
24 October 2011 Mike Hancock MP (Liberal Democrat) Portsmouth South Bob Russell MP (Liberal Democrat) Colchester Hansard
5 November 2012 John Glen MP (Conservative) Salisbury Adam Holloway MP (Conservative) Gravesham Hansard
10 June 2013 Sandra Osborne MP (Labour) Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock Derek Twigg MP (Labour) Halton Hansard

See also

External links

  • Official website