Ministerial role

Baroness in Waiting (Government Whip)

Responsibilities

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.

Current role holder: Baroness Deborah Stedman-Scott OBE DL

Baroness Stedman-Scott OBE was appointed as a Government Whip (Baroness in Waiting) on Friday 27th October 2017.

Previous career

Baroness Stedman-Scott joined the House of Lords in July 2010.

She was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant for East Sussex in 2007 and an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2008 New Year Honours.

Previous holders of this role

  1. Baroness Buscombe

    • 2016 to 2017

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