Vaz re-elected as the Chair of Home Affairs Select Committee

Thursday 18th June 2015 12:52 EDT

Keith Vaz, the longest serving Member of Parliament of Indian origin, has been re-elected to the influential role of Chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee of the House of Commons. 

The Leicester East MP won his Labour colleague and former Home Minister Fiona McTaggert by 412 votes to 192.

Mr Vaz was also elected unanimously as Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Diabetes.  Mr Vaz has type 2 diabetes, and has been a strong campaigner on this issue.

He told Asian Voice“I am grateful for the support of colleagues, and I look forward to working with the new committee when its members are elected in two weeks’ time on the important issues within the Home Affairs Select Committee portfolio, especially counter terrorism.

"I am also pleased to have been elected Chair of the APPG for diabetes, which has such a significant role to play in promoting engagement and sharing best practise between Parliamentarians, health experts and the public.

"Diabetes and its complications are one of the most severe threats facing our nation’s health, and the financial future of our health service. I want this group to grab the ‘diabetes bull’ by the horns, and lead the fight against a condition affects billions of people worldwide, from Mumbai to Manchester.”

Long standing supporter of the Indian community in Britain and a MP for more than 25 years, he was also recently appointed as the Vice Chairman of the Labour Party.

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