Ministerial role

Government Whip, Vice Chamberlain of HM Household


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: Julian Smith MP

Julian Smith was appointed Vice Chamberlain of HM Household (Government Whip) on 17 July 2016. He was elected Conservative MP for Skipton and Ripon in 2010.


Julian was educated at Millfield School. He read English and history at the University of Birmingham.


In Parliament, Julian had a brief stint in the Scottish Affairs Committee in 2010. Julian served as an a Assistant Government Whip from May 2015 until July 2016.

Career before politics

Julian was an entrepreneur before entering Parliament, setting up and leading Arq International.

Previous holders of this role

  1. Kris Hopkins MP

    • 2015 to 2016
  2. The Rt Hon Anne Milton MP

    • 2014 to 2015
  3. The Rt Hon Sir Desmond Swayne TD MP

    • 2013 to 2014
  4. The Rt Hon Greg Knight

    • 2012 to 2013