Chief Whip of the Liberal Democrats
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Chief Whip of the Liberal Democrats

The Chief Whip of the Liberal Democrats is responsible for administering the whipping system in the party which ensures that members attend and vote in parliament when the party leadership requires a majority vote. Whips, of which two are appointed in the party, a member of the House of Commons and a member of the House of Lords, also help to organise their party's contribution to parliamentary business. On some occasions, the party leadership may allow MP's to have a free vote based on their own conscience rather than party policy, of which the chief whip is not required to direct votes.

This is a list of people who have served as Chief Whip of the Liberal Democrats in the Parliament of the United Kingdom and of its predecessor parties. The Liberal Party was formed in 1859, but through its roots in the Whig Party dates back to the late 1670s. In 1988, the Liberals merged with the Social Democratic Party, formed by dissident Labour Party members in 1981, to create the Liberal Democrats.


House of Commons

Chief Whip of the
Liberal Democrats
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Incumbent
Alistair Carmichael MP

since 16 June 2017
AppointerLeader of the Liberal Democrats
Inaugural holderEdward Ellice (Whigs)
James Wallace (Liberal Democrats)
Formationcirca 1830 (as Chief Whip of the Whig Party)
1988 (in current form)

Whigs

Liberal Party

  • 1 Wallace continued as Liberal Democrat Chief Whip following the merger

Social Democratic Party

Year Name Constituency
1981 John Roper Farnworth
1983 John Cartwright Woolwich

Liberal Democrats

Year Name Constituency
1988 Jim Wallace Orkney and Shetland
1992 Archy Kirkwood Roxburgh and Berwickshire
1997 Paul Tyler North Cornwall
2001 Andrew Stunell Hazel Grove
2006 Paul Burstow Sutton and Cheam
2010 Alistair Carmichael Orkney and Shetland
2013 Don Foster Bath
2015 Tom Brake Carshalton and Wallington
2017 Alistair Carmichael Orkney and Shetland

House of Lords

Chief Whip of the
Liberal Democrats
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Incumbent
The Lord Stoneham of Droxford

since 2016
AppointerLeader of the
Liberal Democrats
Inaugural holderThe Viscount Falkland (Whigs)
The Lord Tordoff (Liberal Democrats)
Formationcirca 1837 (as Chief Whip of the Whig Party)
1988 (in current form)

Whigs

Liberal Party

  • 1 Falkland was absent serving as Governor of Nova Scotia
  • 2 Colebrooke continued as Liberal Chief Whip in the Lloyd George coalition of 1916 to 1922. Denman was Chief Whip of the Opposition Asquith Liberals from 1919 to 1924
  • 3 Tordoff continued as Liberal Democrat Chief Whip following the merger

Social Democratic Party

Liberal Democrats

Chief Whips of the National Liberal Party (Coalition Liberals), 1916-1923

Chief Whips of the Liberal National Party (later National Liberal Party), 1931-1966

Year Name Constituency
1931 Alec Glassey East Dorset
1931 Geoffrey Shakespeare Norwich
1932 James Blindell (knighted in 1936) Holland with Boston
1937 Charles Kerr Montrose Burghs
1940 Herbert Holdsworth Bradford South
1945 Herbert Butcher (knighted in 1953; created a Baronet in 1960) Holland with Boston

See also

References

  1. ^ "Obituary: Lord Harris of Greenwich". The Guardian. 13 April 2001.
  2. ^ http://www.libdems.org.uk/ (24 January 2014). "Ben Stoneham". Liberal Democrats. Retrieved 2018.
  • Chris Cook and Brendan Keith, British Historical Facts 1830-1900, Macmillan, 1975
  • David Butler and Gareth Butler, Twentieth-Century British Historical Facts 1900-2000, Macmillan, 2000

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