The Leicester East MP has been the Chairman since 2007

Indian-origin MP Keith Vaz re-elected as Home Affairs Select Committee Chair

India News Bulletin Desk

Leicester East MP Keith Vaz has retained the influential post of Chairman of the House of Commons Home Affairs Select Committee for the next five years. The Indian-origin MP was re-elected by 412 votes to 192.

Keith Vaz Leicester East MP re-elected chairman of Home Affairs Select Committee
Keith Vaz Leicester East MP re-elected chairman of Home Affairs Select Committee

In the election, Vaz was challenged for the position by his Labour party colleague and former Home Office minister Fiona McTaggert.

In his application, Vaz said that he is 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 Home Affairs Select Committee scrutinises the work of the Home Office in dealing with areas such as counter terrorism, policing, immigration and the justice and home affairs agenda of the EU.

Vaz is the longest-serving Asian MP and has been the Chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee since July 2007. 

Vaz, now 58, was born in Goa and moved to England when he was just 9 years old. 

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