Labour and Tories choose Select Committee members

The two largest parties have elected their members to the Commons Select Committees, the Lib Dems co

Business, Innovation and Skills

Chair: Adrian Bailey (LAB)

CON: Brian Binley, Rebecca Harris, Margot James, Nicky Morgan, Nadhim Zahawi

LAB: Luciana Berger, Jack Dromey, Chi Onwurah, Rachel Reeves

Children, Schools and Families

Chair: Graham Stuart (CON)

CON: Conor Burns, Robert Halfon, Damian Hinds, Charlotte Leslie

LAB: Nic Dakin, Pat Glass, Liz Kendall, Ian Mearns, Lisa Nandy

Communities and Local Government

Chair: Clive Betts (LAB)

LAB: Heidi Alexander, Clive Efford, Toby Perkins, Chris Williamson

CON: Bob Blackman, George Freeman, Mike Freer, George Hollingberry, James Morris

Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport

Chair: John Whittingdale (CON)

LAB: David Cairns, Paul Farrelly, Alan Keen, Jim Sheridan, Tom Watson

CON: Louise Bagshawe, Therese Coffey, Damian Collins, Philip Davies


Chair: James Arbuthnot (CON)

LAB: David Hamilton, Madeleine Moon, Alison Seabeck, Gisela Stuart, John Woodcock

CON: Julian Brazier, John Glen, Adam Holloway, Bob Stewart

Energy and Climate Change

Chair: Tim Yeo (CON)

LAB: Tom Greatrex, Albert Owen, John Robertson, Alan Whitehead

CON: Dan Byles, Phillip Lee, Christopher Pincher, Laura Sandys

Environmental Audit

Chair: Joan Walley (LAB)

LAB: Martin Caton

CON: Zac Goldsmith

Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Chair: Anne McIntosh (CON)

CON: Nigel Adams, George Eustice, Neil Parish, Amber Rudd

Foreign Affairs

Chair: Richard Ottaway (CON)

LAB: Ann Clwyd Mike Gapes, Emma Reynolds, Frank Roy, David Watts

CON: John Baron, Andrew Rosindell, Sir John Stanley, Rory Stewart


Chair: Stephen Dorrell (CON)

LAB: Rosie Cooper, Fiona Mactaggart, Grahame Morris, Valerie Vaz

CON: Nadine Dorries, Chris Skidmore, David Tredinnick, Sarah Wollaston

Home Affairs

Chair: Keith Vaz (LAB)

LAB: Steve McCabe, Alun Michael, Bridget Phillipson, David Winnick

CON: Nicola Blackwood, Aidan Burley, Lorraine Fullbrook, Mary Macleod, Mark Reckless

International Development

Chair: Malcolm Bruce (LIB DEM)

LAB: Hugh Bayley, Russell Brown, Richard Burden, Ann McKechin, Anas Sarwar

CON: James Clappison, Richard Harrington, Pauline Latham, Jeremy Lefroy, Chris White


Chair: Sir Alan Beith (LIB DEM)

LAB: Chris Evans, Sian James, Linda Riordan

CON: Robert Buckland, Helen Grant, Jessica Lee, Claire Perry, Anna Soubry

Northern Ireland

Chair: Laurence Robertson (CON)

LAB: Gemma Doyle, Stephen Hepburn, Kate Hoey, Ian Lavery, Stephen Pound

CON: Guto Bebb, Gavin Williamson

Political and Constitutional Reform

Chair: Graham Allen (LAB)

LAB: Sheila Gilmore, Tristram Hunt, Catherine McKinnell, Peter Soulsby

CON: Nick Boles, Christopher Chope, Simon Hart, Eleanor Lang, Andrew Turner


Chair: Greg Knight (CON)

CON: Roger Gale

Public Accounts

Chair: Margaret Hodge (LAB)

LAB: Eric Joyce, Austin Mitchell, Anne McGuire, Nick Smith

CON: Richard Bacon, Steve Barclay, Matt Hancock, Chris Heaton-Harris, Jo Johnson

Public Administration

Chair: Bernard Jenkin (CON)

LAB: Paul Flynn

CON: Charles Walker

Science and Technology

Chair: Andrew Miller (LAB)

LAB: Graham Stringer

CON: Stephen Metcalfe, David Morris, Stephen Mosley,Alok Sharma

Scottish Affairs

Chair: Ian Davidson (LAB)

LAB: Cathy Jamieson, Jim McGovern, Fiona O'Donnell, Lindsay Roy

CON: David Mowat


Chair: Louise Ellman (LAB)

LAB: Lilian Greenwood, Tom Harris, Kelvin Hopkins, Angela Smith

CON: Angie Bray, Kwasi Kwarteng, Paul Maynard, Iain Stewart, Julian Sturdy


Chair: Andrew Tyrie (CON)

LAB: John Cryer, Andy Love, John Mann, George Mudie, Chuka Umunna

CON: Michael Fallon, Andrea Leadsom, Jessie Norman, David Rutley

Welsh Affairs

Chair:David T C Davies (CON)

CON: Karen Lumly

Work and Pensions

Chair: Anne Begg (LAB)

LAB: Karen Buck, Margaret Curran, Kate Green, Shabana Mahmood

CON: Harriet Baldwin, Karen Bradley, Richard Graham, Oliver Heald, Sajid Javid

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David Cameron’s starter homes: poor policy, but good politics

David Cameron's electoral coalition of buy-to-let retirees and dual-earner couples remains intact: for now.

The only working age demographic to do better under the Coalition was dual-earner couples – without children. They were the main beneficiaries of the threshold raise – which may “take the poorest out of tax” in theory but in practice hands a sizeable tax cut to peope earning above average. They will reap the fruits of the government’s Help to Buy ISAs. And, not having children, they were insulated from cuts to child tax credits, reductions in public services, and the rising cost of childcare. (Childcare costs now mean a couple on average income, working full-time, find that the extra earnings from both remaining in work are wiped out by the costs of care)

And they were a vital part of the Conservatives’ electoral coalition. Voters who lived in new housing estates on the edges of seats like Amber Valley and throughout the Midlands overwhelmingly backed the Conservatives.

That’s the political backdrop to David Cameron’s announcement later today to change planning to unlock new housing units – what the government dubs “Starter Homes”. The government will redefine “affordable housing”  to up to £250,000 outside of London and £450,000 and under within it, while reducing the ability of councils to insist on certain types of buildings. He’ll describe it as part of the drive to make the next ten years “the turnaround decade”: years in which people will feel more in control of their lives, more affluent, and more successful.

The end result: a proliferation of one and two bedroom flats and homes, available to the highly-paid: and to that vital component of Cameron’s coalition: the dual-earner, childless couple, particularly in the Midlands, where the housing market is not yet in a state of crisis. (And it's not bad for that other pillar of the Conservative majority: well-heeled pensioners using buy-to-let as a pension plan.)

The policy may well be junk-rated but the politics has a triple A rating: along with affluent retirees, if the Conservatives can keep those dual-earner couples in the Tory column, they will remain in office for the forseeable future.

Just one problem, really: what happens if they decide they want room for kids? Cameron’s “turnaround decade” might end up in entirely the wrong sort of turnaround for Conservative prospects.

Stephen Bush is editor of the Staggers, the New Statesman’s political blog.