Government Whips in the House of Lords

Lords Whips have the same constitutional position as departmental ministers. Their role in the House of Lords is different from that of Whips in the Commons, which is predominantly party management.

A Lords Whip has an active role at the despatch box promoting and defending departmental policy which involves:

  • answering questions
  • responding to debates
  • taking through primary and secondary legislation

If the department concerned does not have a departmental minister in the House of Lords, all of that department’s business will fall to a Whip.

House of Lords Government Whips:

Government Chief Whip and Captain of the Gentlemen at Arms
The Rt Hon. the Lord Taylor of Holbeach CBE

Government Deputy Chief Whip and Captain of The Queen's Bodyguard of the
Yeomen of the Guard

The Rt Hon. the Lord Newby OBE

Whips (Baronesses and Lords in Waiting) 

The Lord Ashton of Hyde
The Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth
The Baroness Garden of Frognal
The Lord Gardiner of Kimble
The Baroness Jolly
The Lord Popat
The Rt Hon the Lord Wallace of Saltaire
The Baroness Williams of Trafford

Wednesday 4 February 2015


Estimated Rising Time:
Chamber: 10pm
Grand Committee: 7.45pm

Statements: Immediately after the approval motions Lord Bates will repeat a statement entitled ‘Independent Panel Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse’.

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