Ministerial role

Lord President of the Council


The Privy Council is one of the oldest parts of the government and advises on the exercise of prerogative business and certain functions assigned to The Queen and the Council by Acts of Parliament. It is, therefore, the mechanism through which interdepartmental agreement is reached on those items of government business which, for historical or other reasons, fall to ministers as Privy Counsellors rather than as departmental ministers.

The Lord President of the Council has ministerial responsibility for the Privy Council Office which manages Privy Council business.

Current role holder

The Rt Hon Mark Spencer MP

Mark Spencer was appointed as Lord President and Leader of the House of Commons on 8 February 2022.

He was previously Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury (Chief Whip) between July 2019 and February 2022, Comptroller of HM Household (Government Whip) between July 2018 and July 2019, and Vice Chamberlain of HM Household (Government Whip) between January and July 2018. He was Junior Lord of the Treasury (Government Whip) from June 2017 to January 2018. He was an Assistant Government Whip from 17 July 2016 to 15 June 2017.

Mark was elected Conservative MP for Sherwood in May 2010.

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Previous holders of this role

  1. The Rt Hon Jacob Rees-Mogg MP

    2019 to 2022

  2. The Rt Hon Mel Stride MP

    2019 to 2019

  3. The Rt Hon Andrea Leadsom MP

    2017 to 2019

  4. The Rt Hon David Lidington CBE

    2016 to 2017

  5. The Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP

    2015 to 2016

  6. The Rt Hon Nick Clegg

    2010 to 2015