Ministerial role

Baroness in Waiting (Government Whip)


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 Berridge of The Vale of Catmose

Baroness Berridge of The Vale of Catmose was appointed as a Government Whip (Baroness in Waiting) on 29 July 2019.

Previous holders of this role

  1. Baroness Jolly

    • 2013 to 2015
  2. Baroness Garden of Frognal

    • 2010 to 2013


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  1. Ministerial appointments: November 2014

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