Lord in Waiting (Government Whip) and Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Health

Lord O'Shaughnessy

Lord O'Shaughnessy



Lord O’Shaughnessy was appointed as a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of Health and a Government Whip (Lord in Waiting) in December 2016.

Lord O’Shaughnessy was a senior fellow at the Legatum Institute and at the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues at the University of Birmingham.

In 2013, he founded Floreat Education, a multi-academy trust of 3 primary schools in Wandsworth, Wokingham and Brentford that provides an ‘academics and character’ educational philosophy. He held a number of other education and advisory positions.

In his role as Director of Policy to the Prime Minister between 2010 and 2011, he was responsible for co-authoring the coalition’s programme for government and overseeing the implementation of the government’s domestic policy programme.

He was Director of the Conservative Research Department from 2007 to 2010 and authored the Conservative Party’s general election manifesto.

He was made a life peer in 2015.

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.

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Health

The Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Health leads on the following policy areas:

  • leaving the EU
  • international relations
  • migrant access to the NHS
  • devolved administrations
  • medicines & industry
  • cancer drugs fund
  • uptake of new drugs and medical technologies
  • life sciences industry
  • reducing clinical variation
  • specialised commissioning
  • academic health science centres
  • prescription charging
  • workforce race equality standard
  • NHS procurement
  • pathology
  • death certification
  • organ donation
  • estates and facilities
  • litigation
  • procurement
  • other NHS commercial issues
  • NHS security management
  • NHS income generation

Ministerial lead for:

  • NHS Litigation Authority
  • NHS Property Services and Community Health Partnerships
  • NHS Business Services Authority
  • NHS Blood & Transplant
  • Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency
  • Food Standards Agency
  • Human Tissue Authority

In addition he is responsible for all aspects of health in the House of Lords.