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.

Previous holders of this role

  1. Baroness Chisholm of Owlpen

    2019 to 2020

  2. Baroness Manzoor CBE

    2018 to 2019

  3. Baroness Chisholm of Owlpen

    2015 to 2016