BRITAIN’S longest-running Indian MP has been re-elected to the role of chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee.
Keith Vaz who was elected again for the influential role by parliamentary colleagues was challenged for the position by Labour colleague and former home office minister Fiona McTaggert.
In his application the Leicester MP said: “I am a genuine and passionate believer in the scrutinising role of Parliament, a role that is predicated on detailed and fair scrutiny of the executive.
“The Select Committee system is one of the most important and impressive features of our parliamentary democracy, and it is one that we should cherish.
“As chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee in the last Parliament, I always ensured that the views and suggestions of all Members were given careful, proper and equal consideration, and I have been strongly committed to the Committee’s success in carrying out effective and thorough scrutiny to achieve significant and lasting impact.
“I am immensely appreciative of the cross-party support that I received in this role. I have always felt that Select Committees work best when they achieve consensus, and almost all of the reports published by the Home Affairs Select Committee whilst I have been Chair were agreed unanimously by Members of all parties.
“I am deeply proud of the work of the Committee in recent years. Indeed, a number of our recommendations have subsequently been adopted by the Government.”
Altogether 27 chairs have been elected to the influential parliamentary positions.