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: Robert Syms
Robert Syms was appointed as a Government Whip (Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury) on 17 July 2016. He has been the Conservative MP for Poole in Dorset since 1997.
Robert was educated at Colston’s School in Bristol.
Career outside politics
He was leader of North Wiltshire District Council from 1984 to 1987 and a Wiltshire County Councillor from 1985 to 1997. He was also the managing director of his family’s plant hire firm in Chippenham.
In December 1999, Robert was appointed as Frontbench Spokesman for environment, transport and the regions. In September 2001, he was appointed as Vice Chairman of the Conservative Party. In March 2003, he was also appointed as an Opposition Whip. From November 2003 to July 2007, he served as a Shadow Minister for Local Government.
Robert served as Assistant Whip (HM Treasury) from September 2012 until October 2013.
Robert has 2 children.