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Leader of the House of Lords

The Leader of the House of Lords is a member of the Cabinet of the United Kingdom who is responsible for arranging government business in the House of Lords. The post is also the leader of the majority party in the House of Lords who acts as the government party chairperson in the house. The role is always held in combination with a formal Cabinet position, usually one of the sinecure offices of Lord President of the Council, Lord Keeper of the Privy Seal or Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster. Unless the Leader is also a departmental minister, being Leader constitutes the bulk of his or her government responsibilities, but it has never been an independent salaried office. The Office of the Leader of the House of Lords is a ministerial department.[2]

Though the Leader of the House is a member of the cabinet and remains a partisan figure, he or she also has responsibilities to the House as a whole. In contrast to the House of Commons, where proceedings are controlled by the Speaker, proceedings in the Lords are controlled by peers themselves, under the rules set out in the Standing Orders. The Leader of the House has the responsibility of reminding the House of these rules and facilitating the Lords' self-regulation, though any member may draw attention to breaches of order or failure to observe customs. The Leader is often called upon to advise on procedures and points of order and is required to determine the order of speakers on Supplementary Questions, subject to the wishes of the House. However, like the Lord Speaker, the Leader of the House has no power to rule on points of order or to intervene during an inappropriate speech.

Until the election of the first Lord Speaker on 4 July 2006, the Leader of the House had responsibility for making preliminary decisions on requests for Private Notice Questions and for waiving the sub judice rule in certain cases. Those functions were transferred to the Lord Speaker.

History

The title seems to have come into use some time after 1800, as a formal way of referring to the peer who managed government business in the upper House, irrespective of which salaried position they held in the cabinet. However, it may have been used as early as 1689, applied to George Savile, 1st Marquess of Halifax, when he was Speaker of the House of Lords during the Convention Parliament of that year.[]

The role developed during the first quarter of the eighteenth century, at the same time as the role of Prime Minister and the system of Cabinet government. In the wake of the English Civil War, the Glorious Revolution and the succession of the Hanoverians to the throne, Britain evolved a system of government where ministers were sustained in office by their ability to carry legislation through Parliament. It was therefore necessary for a member of the government to take responsibility for steering government legislation through each House.

The Earl of Sunderland initiated aspects of the role during the Whig Junto under Queen Anne. Sunderland and the other Whigs were dismissed from office in reaction to their co-ordination of government matters, which was taken as a threat to the power of the monarch. Sunderland returned to power under George I, as Lord Privy Seal. The first documentary evidence of the existence of the role comes from 1717, when Sunderland became Secretary of State for the Northern Department: in the form of lists of peers invited to the office of the Northern Secretary immediately before sessions of Parliament.

When the Prime Minister sat in the House of Lords, which was common until the beginning of the twentieth century, he usually held the position of Leader of the House of Lords. When the Prime Minister sat in the Commons, the position of Leader of the Lords was often held by the Foreign Secretary or Colonial Secretary. In some coalition governments, it was held by the party leader who was not Prime Minister.

Since the end of the Marquess of Salisbury's last government, in 1902, the position clearly exists in its own right as a member of the cabinet. Since 1966 it has only been combined with sinecure positions and the holder has not been a departmental minister though some have held additional responsibilities such as Quintin Hogg, 2nd Viscount Hailsham also being designated "Minister for Science" or Margaret Baroness Jay also being "Minister for Women". The first female Leader of the Lords was Janet Young, Baroness Young in 1981-1983.

Families

Responsibilities

  • Leading the government benches in the House of Lords.
  • Conduct of government business in the Lords (jointly responsible with the Chief Whip).
  • Repeating in the Lords statements made by the Prime Minister to the Commons.
  • Giving guidance to the House on matters of order and procedure.
  • Taking part in formal ceremonies in the House, such as the State Opening of Parliament.
  • Chairman, Board of Trustees for Chevening.

Leaders of the House of Lords

Because the post is a parliamentary one and not a ministerial office in its own right, it is not always included in official lists of government offices, especially for earlier periods. This can make it difficult to determine who the Leader of the House of Lords was in a particular ministry.

Portrait Name Term of office Other ministerial offices held as Leader of the House of Lords Political party Prime Minister
Charles Spencer 3rd Earl of Sunderland.jpg Charles Spencer
The Earl of Sunderland
[3]
April
1717
March
1718
- Secretary of State for the Northern Department
James Stanhope, 1st Earl Stanhope by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt.jpg James Stanhope
The Earl Stanhope
[3]
Viscount Stanhope until April 1718
March
1718
5 February
1721
- Secretary of State for the Northern Department
Charles Townshend, 2nd Viscount Townshend by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt (2).jpg Charles Townshend
The Viscount Townshend
[3]
February
1721
May
1730
- Secretary of State for the Northern Department Whig Robert Walpole
William Stanhope, 1st Earl of Harrington (1683-1756), Attributed to Godfrey Kneller.jpg William Stanhope
The Earl of Harrington
[3]
Lord Harrington until 1742
May
1730
February
1742
- Secretary of State for the Northern Department
John Carteret, 2nd Earl Granville by William Hoare.jpg John Carteret
The Earl Granville

Lord Carteret until 1744
12 February
1742
24 November
1744
- Secretary of State for the Northern Department Whig Earl of Wilmington (until July 1743)
Henry Pelham (from 27 August 1743)
William Stanhope, 1st Earl of Harrington (1683-1756), Attributed to Godfrey Kneller.jpg William Stanhope
The Earl of Harrington
[3]
November
1744
October
1746
- Secretary of State for the Northern Department
Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield by Allan Ramsay.jpg Philip Dormer Stanhope
The Earl of Chesterfield
[3]
October
1746
February
1748
- Secretary of State for the Northern Department Whig
1stDukeOfNewcastleOld.jpg Thomas Pelham-Holles
The Duke of Newcastle
February
1748
16 November
1756
- Secretary of State for the Northern Department until March 1754- Prime Minister from March 1754 Whig
Himself
4th Duke of Devonshire after Hudson.jpg William Cavendish
The Duke of Devonshire
16 November
1756
25 June
1757
- Prime Minister Whig Himself
1stDukeOfNewcastleOld.jpg Thomas Pelham-Holles
The Duke of Newcastle
2 July
1757
26 May
1762
- Prime Minister Whig Himself
Charles Wyndham, 2nd Earl of Egremont by William Hoare lowres color.jpg Charles Wyndham
The Earl of Egremont
[3]
May
1762
21 August
1763
- Secretary of State for the Southern Department Earl of Bute (until April 1763)
George Grenville (from 16 April 1763)
2ndEarlofHalifaxByJoshuaReynoldsNSArtGallery.jpg George Montagu Dunk
The Earl of Halifax
[3]
August
1763
July
1765
- Secretary of State for the Southern Department
2nd Marquess of Rockingham cropped.jpg Charles Watson-Wentworth
The Marquess of Rockingham
13 July
1765
30 July
1766
- Prime Minister Whig
(Rockingham)
Himself
Grafton3.JPG Augustus FitzRoy
The Duke of Grafton
1766 28 January
1770
- First Lord of the Treasury

- Prime Minister from October 1768

Whig
(Chathamite)
Earl of Chatham (William Pitt the Elder)
(until October 1768)
Himself (from 14 October 1768)
MarqBath.jpg Thomas Thynne
The Viscount Weymouth
[3]
January
1770
December
1770
- Secretary of State for the Southern Department Lord North
4thEarlRochford.jpg William Nassau de Zuylestein
The Earl of Rochford
[3]
December
1770
November
1775
- Secretary of State for the Southern Department
Sir Joshua Reynolds - Portrait of Henry Howard.jpg Henry Howard
The Earl of Suffolk
[3]
November
1775
6 March
1779
- Secretary of State for the Northern Department
MarqBath.jpg Thomas Thynne
The Viscount Weymouth
[3]
March
1779
November
1779
- Secretary of State until October 1779
- Secretary of State for the Southern Department from October 1779
Portrait of David Murray 2nd Earl of Mansfield by Sylvester Harding.jpg David Murray
The Viscount Stormont
[3]
November
1779
March
1782
- Secretary of State for the Northern Department
William Petty, 2nd Earl of Shelburne by JL Mosnier crop.jpg William Petty
The Earl of Shelburne
March
1782
April
1783
- Secretary of State for the Home Department until July 1782
- Prime Minister from July 1782
Whig
(Rockingham)
Marquess of Rockingham (until 1 July 1782)
Himself (from 4 July 1782)
3rd Duke of Portland crop.jpg William Cavendish-Bentinck
The Duke of Portland
2 April
1783
December
1783
- Prime Minister Whig
(Foxite)
Himself
(figurehead)
1stMarquessOfBuckingham.jpg George Nugent-Temple-Grenville
The Earl Temple
[4]
December
1783
December
1783
- Secretary of State for the Home Department

- Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs

- William Pitt the Younger
Viscount Sydney by Gilbert Stuart.jpg Thomas Townshend
The Lord Sydney
[4]
December
1783
June
1789
- Secretary of State for the Home Department Whig
Francis Osborne cropped.jpg Francis Osborne
The Duke of Leeds
[4]
1789 1790 - Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Tory
1st Baron Grenville-cropped.jpg William Grenville
The Lord Grenville
[4]
November
1790
February
1801
- Secretary of State for the Home Department until June 1791
- Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs from June 1791
Tory
4thEarlOfBuckinghamshire.jpg Robert Hobart
The Lord Hobart
[5]
March
1801
October
1801
- Secretary of State for War and the Colonies Tory Henry Addington
2ndEarlOfChichester.jpg Thomas Pelham
The Lord Pelham
[4]
October
1801
August
1803
- Secretary of State for the Home Department Tory
Robert Jenkinson, 2nd Earl of Liverpool by Sir Thomas Lawrence (cropped).jpg Robert Jenkinson
The Lord Hawkesbury
[4]
November
1803
February
1806
- Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs until May 1804
- Secretary of State for the Home Department from May 1804
Tory
William Pitt the Younger
1st Baron Grenville-cropped.jpg William Grenville
The Lord Grenville
[4]
11 February
1806
March
1807
- Prime Minister Whig Himself
(Ministry of All the Talents)
Robert Jenkinson, 2nd Earl of Liverpool by Sir Thomas Lawrence (cropped).jpg Robert Jenkinson
The Earl of Liverpool
[4]
Baron Hawkesbury until 1808
Earl of Liverpool from 1808
25 March
1807
April
1827
- Secretary of State for the Home Department until November 1809
- Secretary of State for War and the Colonies November 1809 - June 1812
- Prime Minister from June 1812
Tory 3rd Duke of Portland
Spencer Perceval
Himself
Frederick John Robinson, 1st Earl of Ripon by Sir Thomas Lawrence cropped.jpg F. J. Robinson
The Viscount Goderich
[4]
30 April
1827
January
1828
Secretary of State for War and the Colonies until September 1827
- Prime Minister from August 1827
Tory George Canning
Himself
Sir Arthur Wellesley Duke of Wellington.jpg Arthur Wellesley
The Duke of Wellington
[4]
January
1828
November
1830
- Prime Minister Tory Himself
Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey after Sir Thomas Lawrence copy.jpg Charles Grey
The Earl Grey
22 November
1830
9 July
1834
- Prime Minister Whig Himself
William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne, painted by John Partridge.jpg William Lamb
The Viscount Melbourne
16 July
1834
14 November
1834
- Prime Minister Whig Himself
Sir Arthur Wellesley Duke of Wellington.jpg Arthur Wellesley
The Duke of Wellington
17 November
1834
8 April
1835
- Prime Minister until December 1834
- Secretary of State for the Home Department until December 1834
- Secretary of State for War and the Colonies until December 1834
- Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs
Tory Himself
(Caretaker)
Robert Peel
William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne, painted by John Partridge.jpg William Lamb
The Viscount Melbourne
18 April
1835
30 August
1841
- Prime Minister Whig Himself
Sir Arthur Wellesley Duke of Wellington.jpg Arthur Wellesley
The Duke of Wellington
3 September
1841
27 June
1846
- Minister without portfolio Conservative Robert Peel
Lord Henry Petty.jpg Henry Petty-Fitzmaurice
The Marquess of Lansdowne
6 July
1846
21 February
1852
- Lord President of the Council Whig Lord John Russell
Edward Smith-Stanley, 14th Earl of Derby (cropped).jpg Edward Smith-Stanley
The Earl of Derby
23 February
1852
17 December
1852
- Prime Minister Conservative Himself
Earl of Aberdeen.jpg George Hamilton-Gordon
The Earl of Aberdeen
19 December
1852
30 January
1855
- Prime Minister Peelite Himself
(Coalition)
Second Earl Granville.jpg Granville Leveson-Gower
The Earl Granville
8 February
1855
21 February
1858
- Lord President of the Council Whig Viscount Palmerston
Edward Smith-Stanley, 14th Earl of Derby (cropped).jpg Edward Smith-Stanley
The Earl of Derby
21 February
1858
11 June
1859
- Prime Minister Conservative Himself
Second Earl Granville.jpg Granville Leveson-Gower
The Earl Granville
18 June
1859
29 October
1865
- Lord President of the Council Liberal Viscount Palmerston
Lord john russell.jpg John Russell
The Earl Russell
29 October
1865
26 June
1866
- Prime Minister Liberal Himself
Edward Smith-Stanley, 14th Earl of Derby (cropped).jpg Edward Smith-Stanley
The Earl of Derby
28 June
1866
25 February
1868
- Prime Minister Conservative Himself
JH Harris 3rd Earl of Malmesbury by JG Middleton crop.jpg James Harris
The Earl of Malmesbury
27 February
1868
1 December
1868
- Lord Keeper of the Privy Seal Conservative Benjamin Disraeli
Second Earl Granville.jpg Granville Leveson-Gower
The Earl Granville
9 December
1868
17 February
1874
- Secretary of State for the Colonies until July 1870
- Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs from July 1870
Liberal William Ewart Gladstone
Charles Henry Gordon-Lennox, 6th Duke of Richmond, 6th Duke of Lennox, and 1st Duke of Gordon.jpg Charles Gordon-Lennox
The Duke of Richmond
21 February
1874
21 August
1876
- Lord President of the Council Conservative Benjamin Disraeli
Disraeli.jpg Benjamin Disraeli
The Earl of Beaconsfield
21 August
1876
21 April
1880
- Prime Minister

- Lord Keeper of the Privy Seal from August 1876 until February 1878

Conservative
Second Earl Granville.jpg Granville Leveson-Gower
The Earl Granville
28 April
1880
9 June
1885
- Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Liberal William Ewart Gladstone
Robert-Gascoyne-Cecil-3rd-Marquess-of-Salisbury.jpg Robert Gascoyne-Cecil
The Marquess of Salisbury
23 June
1885
28 January
1886
- Prime Minister
- Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs
Conservative Himself
Second Earl Granville.jpg Granville Leveson-Gower
The Earl Granville
6 February
1886
20 July
1886
- Secretary of State for the Colonies Liberal William Ewart Gladstone
Robert-Gascoyne-Cecil-3rd-Marquess-of-Salisbury.jpg Robert Gascoyne-Cecil
The Marquess of Salisbury
25 July
1886
11 August
1892
- Prime Minister
- Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs from January 1887
Conservative Himself
1st Earl of Kimberley 1897.jpg John Wodehouse
The Earl of Kimberley
18 August
1892
5 March
1894
- Lord President of the Council Liberal William Ewart Gladstone
Archibald-Philip-Primrose-5th-Earl-of-Rosebery (cropped).jpg Archibald Primrose
The Earl of Rosebery
5 March
1894
21 June
1895
- Prime Minister Liberal Himself
Robert-Gascoyne-Cecil-3rd-Marquess-of-Salisbury.jpg Robert Gascoyne-Cecil
The Marquess of Salisbury
25 June
1895
11 July
1902
- Prime Minister
- Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs until November 1900
- Lord Keeper of the Privy Seal from 12 November 1900
Conservative Himself
Picture of Spencer Cavendish, 8th Duke of Devonshire.jpg Spencer Cavendish
The Duke of Devonshire
12 July
1902
13 October
1903
- Lord President of the Council Liberal Unionist Arthur Balfour
(Conservative)
Marquess of Lansdowne crop.jpg Henry Petty-Fitzmaurice
The Marquess of Lansdowne
13 October
1903
4 December
1905
- Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Liberal Unionist
George Robinson 1st Marquess of Ripon.jpg George Robinson
The Marquess of Ripon
10 December
1905
14 April
1908
- Lord Keeper of the Privy Seal Liberal Henry Campbell-Bannerman
Portrait of Robert Crewe-Milnes, 1st Marquess of Crewe.jpg Robert Crewe-Milnes
The Marquess of Crewe

Earl of Crewe until 1911
Marquess of Crewe from 1911
14 April
1908
10 December
1916
- Secretary of State for the Colonies May 1908- November 1910
- Lord Keeper of the Privy SealOctober 1908 - October 1911; February 1912 - May 1915
- Secretary of State for India November 1910 - March 1911; May 1911 - May 1915
- Lord President of the Council from May 1915
- President of the Board of Education from August 1916
Liberal H. H. Asquith
George Curzon2.jpg George Curzon
The Marquess Curzon of Kedleston

Earl Curzon of Kedleston until 1921
Marquess Curzon of Kedleston from 1921
10 December
1916
22 January
1924
- Lord President of the Council until October 1919
- Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs from October 1919
Conservative David Lloyd George
(Liberal)
Bonar Law
Stanley Baldwin
Portrait of Richard Haldane, 1st Viscount Haldane.jpg Richard Haldane
The Viscount Haldane
22 January
1924
3 November
1924
- Lord High Chancellor of Great Britain Labour Ramsay MacDonald
George Curzon2.jpg George Curzon
The Marquess Curzon of Kedleston
3 November
1924
20 March
1925
- Lord President of the Council Conservative Stanley Baldwin
James Gascoyne-Cecil, 4th Marquess of Salisbury.jpg James Gascoyne-Cecil
The Marquess of Salisbury
27 April
1925
4 June
1929
- Lord Keeper of the Privy Seal Conservative
Lord Parmoor - 19221128.jpg Charles Cripps
The Lord Parmoor
7 June
1929
24 August
1931
- Lord President of the Council Labour Ramsay MacDonald
Rufus Isaacs.jpg Rufus Isaacs
The Marquess of Reading
24 August
1931
5 November
1931
- Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Liberal Ramsay MacDonald
Hailsham1.JPG Douglas Hogg
The Viscount Hailsham
5 November
1931
7 June
1935
- Secretary of State for War Conservative
Charles (Charlie) Vane-Tempest-Stewart, 7th Marquess of Londonderry.jpg Charles Vane-Tempest-Stewart
The Marquess of Londonderry
7 June
1935
22 November
1935
- Lord Keeper of the Privy Seal Conservative Stanley Baldwin
Lord Halifax 1937.jpg Edward Wood
The Viscount Halifax
22 November
1935
21 February
1938
- Lord Keeper of the Privy Seal until May 1937
- Lord President of the Council from 28 May 1937
Conservative
Neville Chamberlain
Stanhope7.JPG James Stanhope
The Earl Stanhope
21 February
1938
14 May
1940
- President of the Board of Education until October 1938
- First Lord of the Admiralty October 1938 to September 1939
- Lord President of the Council September 1939 to May 1940
Conservative
Thomas Inskip.jpg Thomas Inskip
The Viscount Caldecote
14 May
1940
3 October
1940
- Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs Conservative Winston Churchill
Lord Halifax 1937.jpg Edward Wood
The Viscount Halifax
3 October
1940
22 December
1940
- Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Conservative
Lord Lloyd.JPG George Lloyd
The Lord Lloyd
22 December
1940
4 February
1941
- Secretary of State for the Colonies Conservative
Walter Guinness, Lord Moyne.jpg Walter Guinness
The Lord Moyne
8 February
1941
21 February
1942
- Secretary of State for the Colonies Conservative
Robert Gascoyne-Cecil 1947.jpg Robert Gascoyne-Cecil
Viscount Cranborne
21 February
1942
26 July
1945
- Secretary of State for the Colonies to November 1942
- Lord Keeper of the Privy Seal November 1942 to September 1943
- Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs September 1943 to 1945
Conservative
Christopher Addison, 1st Viscount Addison.jpg Christopher Addison
The Viscount Addison
3 August
1945
26 October
1951
- Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs until July 1947
- Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations July 1947 - October 1947
- Lord Keeper of the Privy Seal October 1947 - March 1951
- Paymaster General July 1948- April 1949
- Lord President of the Council from March 1951
Labour Clement Attlee
Robert Gascoyne-Cecil 1947.jpg Robert Gascoyne-Cecil
The Marquess of Salisbury
28 October
1951
29 March
1957
- Lord Privy Seal until May 1952
- Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations March 1952- November 1952
- Lord President of the Council from November 1952
Conservative Winston Churchill
Anthony Eden
Alec Douglas-Home (c1963).jpg Alec Douglas-Home
The Earl of Home
29 March
1957
27 July
1960
- Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations
- Lord President of the Council until September 1957; from October 1959
Conservative Harold Macmillan
Quintin Hogg, Baron Hailsham Allan Warren.jpg Quintin Hogg
The Viscount Hailsham
27 July
1960
20 October
1963
- Lord President of the Council
- Minister for Science
Conservative
Peter Carington 1984.jpg Peter Carington
The Lord Carrington
[6]
20 October
1963
16 October
1964
- Minister without portfolio Conservative Alec Douglas-Home
Lord Longford 4 Allan Warren.jpg Frank Pakenham
The Earl of Longford
[6]
18 October
1964
16 January
1968
- Lord Keeper of the Privy Sealuntil December 1965; from April 1966
- Secretary of State for the Colonies December 1965 - April 1966
Labour Harold Wilson
Edward Shackleton
The Lord Shackleton
[6]
16 January
1968
19 June
1970
- Lord Keeper of the Privy Seal until April 1968; from October 1968
- Paymaster-General April 1968-November 1968
Labour
George Jellicoe, 2nd Earl Jellicoe.jpg George Jellicoe
The Earl Jellicoe
[6]
20 June
1970
23 May
1973
- Lord Keeper of the Privy Seal Conservative Edward Heath
David Hennessy
The Lord Windlesham
[6]
5 June
1973
4 March
1974
- Lord Keeper of the Privy Seal Conservative
Malcolm Shepherd
The Lord Shepherd
[6]
7 March
1974
10 September
1976
- Lord Keeper of the Privy Seal Labour Harold Wilson
James Callaghan
Fred Peart
The Lord Peart
[6]
10 September
1976
4 May
1979
- Lord Keeper of the Privy Seal Labour
Christopher Soames.jpg Christopher Soames
The Lord Soames
[6]
5 May
1979
14 September
1981
- Lord President of the Council Conservative Margaret Thatcher
Janet Young
The Baroness Young
[6]
14 September
1981
11 June
1983
- Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster until April 1982
- Lord Keeper of the Privy Seal from April 1982
Conservative
William Whitelaw
The Viscount Whitelaw
[6]
11 June
1983
10 January
1988
- Lord President of the Council Conservative
John Ganzoni
The Lord Belstead
[6]
10 January
1988
28 November
1990
- Lord Keeper of the Privy Seal Conservative
David Waddington
The Lord Waddington
[6]
28 November
1990
11 April
1992
- Lord Keeper of the Privy Seal Conservative John Major
Official portrait of Lord Wakeham crop 2.jpg John Wakeham
The Lord Wakeham
[6]
11 April
1992
20 July
1994
- Lord Keeper of the Privy Seal Conservative
Robert Gascoyne-Cecil 2013.JPG Robert Gascoyne-Cecil
Viscount Cranborne
[6]
20 July
1994
2 May
1997
- Lord Keeper of the Privy Seal Conservative
Ivor Richard
The Lord Richard
[6]
2 May
1997
27 July
1998
- Lord Keeper of the Privy Seal Labour Tony Blair
Official portrait of Baroness Jay of Paddington crop 2, 2019.jpg Margaret Jay
The Baroness Jay of Paddington
[6]
27 July
1998
8 June
2001
- Lord Keeper of the Privy Seal

- Minister for Women

Labour
No image.svg Gareth Williams
The Lord Williams of Mostyn
[6]
8 June
2001
20 September
2003
- Lord Keeper of the Privy Sealuntil June 2003
- Lord President of the Council from June 2003
Labour
Baroness Valerie Ann Amos.jpg Valerie Amos
The Baroness Amos
[6]
6 October
2003
28 June
2007
- Lord President of the Council Labour
Baroness Ashton headshot.jpg Catherine Ashton
The Baroness Ashton of Upholland
[6]
28 June
2007
2 October
2008
- Lord President of the Council Labour Gordon Brown
BaronessRoyallPortrait.jpg Janet Royall
The Baroness Royall of Blaisdon
[6]
2 October
2008
11 May
2010
- Lord President of the Council until June 2009
- Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster from June 2009
Labour
Official portrait of Lord Strathclyde crop 2.jpg Thomas Galbraith
The Lord Strathclyde
[6]
12 May
2010
7 January
2013
- Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Conservative David Cameron
Jonathan Hill 2015.jpg Jonathan Hill
The Lord Hill of Oareford
[6]
7 January
2013
15 July
2014
- Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Conservative
Official portrait of Baroness Stowell of Beeston crop 2, 2019.jpg Tina Stowell
The Baroness Stowell of Beeston
[6]
15 July
2014
14 July
2016
- Lord Keeper of the Privy Seal Conservative
Official portrait of Baroness Evans of Bowes Park crop 2.jpg Natalie Evans
The Baroness Evans of Bowes Park
[6]
14 July
2016
Incumbent - Lord Keeper of the Privy Seal Conservative Theresa May
Boris Johnson

Deputy Leaders

The following peers have served as Deputy Leaders of the House of Lords since 1963:[7]

Both Houses Leader

Since 1942 the position of both houses leader simultaneously exists; Lord Peart, Viscount Whitelaw and Lord Wakeham are the distinguish peers who served as Leader of the both houses, Commons and Lords.

See also

References

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  2. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 29 July 2009. Retrieved 2009.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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