Ministerial role

Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury

Responsibilities

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: Colin Clark

Colin Clark was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Scotland Office and Government Whip on 27 July 2019.

Colin Clark is a self-made businessman who has spent 30 years in the agri-food sector.

He attended Turriff Academy, a local comprehensive, and studied at Heriot-Watt University. He owned his first company in 1994, supplying major supermarkets with pre-packed vegetables.

After selling the business in 2005, he returned to his family farm in Aberdeenshire.

He was elected Conservative MP for Gordon in 2017.

He has been a Parliamentary Private Secretary at the Department for Work and Pensions and served on the Environmental Audit Committee and the Treasury Committee.

Since entering parliament he has been a passionate advocate for agriculture, the oil & gas sector and the role they can play in protecting the climate.

He has several business interests where he has non-executive involvement.

Previous holders of this role

  1. George Hollingbery

    • 2015 to 2016