Lord in Waiting (Government Whip)

Lord Henley

Biography

Lord Henley was appointed as a Lord in Waiting (Government Whip) on 21 November 2016. He is a Conservative member of the House of Lords.

Lord Henley served as Minister of State for Crime Prevention and Anti-Social Behaviour Reduction from September 2011 to September 2012. He served as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs from 2010 to 2011.

Lord Henley held a number of positions in the previous Conservative government, including Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Department of Social Security, the Department for Employment and the Ministry of Defence. He was also Minister of State for the Department of Education and Employment. In Opposition, he served as Chief Whip, Deputy Speaker and was Opposition spokesperson for Legal Affairs and Justice.

He was educated at Clifton College, Bristol and Durham University. He was called to the Bar in 1977.

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.

Previous roles in government

  1. Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Resource Management, the Local Environment and Environmental Science

    • 2010 to 2011

Announcements

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  1. Lord Henley: Immigration Rules change

    • Statement to Parliament
  2. Late Night Drinking; dealing with the problems : response to the consultation

    • Statement to Parliament
  3. Lynne Featherstone: Annual Report of the Security Industry Authority: 2010 /11

    • Statement to Parliament
  4. Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) Report on Corruption in the Police Service in England & Wales

    • Statement to Parliament
  5. Asylum and Migration Fund and the Internal Security Fund (Police): UK opt-in

    • Statement to Parliament
  6. Innovative projects share £10m funding

    • News story
  7. Lord Henley’s keynote address to Green Alliance conference on the Eco Design Directive

    • Speech
  8. Lord Henley: International Energy Agency’s conference “Saving more energy through compliance”

    • Speech
  9. Lord Henley: International Energy Agency’s conference “Saving more energy through compliance”

    • Speech
  10. Lord Henley speech – CBI roundtable on climate change adaptation

    • Speech