Whips are MPs or members of the House of Lords appointed by each party to help organise their members in Parliament. One of their responsibilities is to make sure that their members vote in divisions, and vote in line with party policy.

The Chief Whip has a senior position in the party and is usually a Cabinet or Shadow Cabinet member. It is the party whips who, with the Leader of the House, agree the day to day business in Parliament - a role often referred to as 'the usual channels'.

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