Ministerial role

Assistant Government Whip

Responsibilities

Whips are MPs or Lords appointed by each party to help organise their party’s contribution to parliamentary business. They are responsible for making sure the maximum number of their party members vote, and vote the way their party wants.

Current role holder: Michael Ellis MP

Michael Ellis was appointed Deputy Leader of the House of Commons (and Assistant Whip) on 17 July 2016. He was elected Conservative MP for Northampton North in May 2010.

Previous holders of this role

  1. Thérèse Coffey MP

    • 2014 to 2015
  2. The Rt Hon Amber Rudd MP

    • 2013 to 2014
  3. Robert Syms

    • 2012 to 2013