Britain's Opposition Labour party MP Yvette Cooper was today elected as chair of the influential Home Affairs Select Committee of Parliament.
The former shadow home secretary replaces Keith Vaz, Britain's longest-serving Indian-origin MP, in the House of Commons post after he resigned last month amid a sex scandal over allegations involving male prostitutes.
The announcement was made in the Commons today by Speaker John Bercow.
He also announced the appointment of pro-Europe Labour MP Hilary Benn as chair of the newly-formed Brexit Committee.
The high-profile appointments will give the two MPs new platforms from which to conduct politics and raise their profile after they decided not to back Labour party Jeremy Corbyn's shadow cabinet.
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