Ministerial role

Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury

Organisations: HM Treasury
Current role holder: David Rutley MP


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

David Rutley MP

David Rutley has been a Government Whip since 15 June 2017. He was previously Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs from 3 September 2018 to 27 July 2019.


David received a BSc(Econ) from the London School of Economics and a MBA from Harvard Business School.

Political career:

David was first elected to Parliament in the 2010 General Election as the Conservative MP for Macclesfield. He has previously served on the Treasury Select Committee and as Parliamentary Private Secretary to several Secretaries of State.

Career outside politics:

David spent most of his career in business and worked as a senior executive in major companies, including Asda, PepsiCo International, Halifax General Insurance and Barclays. From 1994 to 1996 he worked as a Special Advisor at the Treasury, the Cabinet Office and the Ministry of Agriculture.

Personal life:

David enjoys an active family life with his wife, Rachel, and their four children. He is a keen mountaineer and rock climber and enjoys skiing and bird watching.

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More about this person

Previous holders of this role

  1. The Rt Hon Steve Barclay MP

    2016 to 2017

  2. Charlie Elphicke

    2015 to 2016