Lord in Waiting (Government Whip)

Lord Bethell of Romford


Lord Bethell of Romford was appointed as a Government Whip (Lord in Waiting) on 29 July 2019.

Lord in Waiting (Government Whip)

Lords Whips have the same constitutional position as departmental ministers. Their role in the House of Lords is different from that of Whips in the Commons, which is predominantly party management.

A Lords Whip has an active role at the despatch box promoting and defending departmental policy which involves:

  • answering questions
  • responding to debates
  • taking through primary and secondary legislation

If the department concerned does not have a departmental minister in the House of Lords, all of that department’s business will fall to a Whip.

More about this role

Office of the Leader of the House of Lords