Flint joins race to replace Vaz at Home Affairs Committee

Caroline Flint is the first to publicly declare she will run Credit: PA

Caroline Flint is the latest Labour MP to join the race to replace Keith Vaz as chairperson of the powerful Commons Home Affairs Select Committee.

The former minister will battle it out with committee member Chuka Umunna, while former Cabinet minister Yvette Cooper is also considering running.

Ms Flint is the first to publicly declare that she is running, stating that the committee requires an "experienced, independent-minded chair".

Mr Vaz resigned on Tuesday after becoming embroiled in scandal about male escorts.