The Chief Whip of the Conservative Party oversees the whipping system in the party, which is responsible for ensuring that Conservative MPs or members of the House of Lords attend and vote in parliament in the desired way of the party leadership. Chief 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.

The party leadership may allow members to have a free vote based on their own conscience rather than party policy, which means the chief whip is not required to influence the way members vote.

This is a list of people who have served as Chief Whip of the Conservative Party, previously the Tory Party, in the Parliament of the United Kingdom.

On 23 July 2019, following his election as Leader of the Conservative Party, Boris Johnson announced that the new Chief Whip would be Mark Spencer who took office on 24 July 2019 when Boris Johnson became Prime Minister.

House of Commons

Chief Whip of the
Conservative Party
Mark Spencer MP

since 24 July 2019
AppointerLeader of the
Conservative Party
Inaugural holderWilliam Holmes
Formationcirca 1802
Year Name Constituency
circa 1802 William Holmes Haslemere
1835 Sir George Clerk Midlothian (Edinburghshire)
1837 Sir Thomas Francis Fremantle Buckingham
1844 Sir John Young Cavan
1846 William Beresford Harwich
1850 Forbes Mackenzie Peeblesshire
1853 Sir William Jolliffe Petersfield
1859 Colonel Thomas Edward Taylor Dublin County
1868 Gerard Noel Rutland
1873 Colonel Thomas Edward Taylor Dublin County
1874 Sir William Hart Dyke Mid Kent
1880 Rowland Winn North Lincolnshire
1885 Aretas Akers-Douglas St Augustine's
1895 Sir William Hood Walrond Tiverton
1902 Sir Alexander Acland Hood Wellington
1911 Lord Balcarres Chorley
1913 Lord Edmund Talbot Chichester
1921 Leslie Wilson Reading
1923 Bolton Eyres-Monsell (knighted in 1929) Evesham
1931 David Margesson Rugby
1941 James Stuart Moray and Nairn
1948 Patrick Buchan-Hepburn East Toxteth
1955 Edward Heath Bexley
1959 Martin Redmayne Rushcliffe
1964 William Whitelaw Penrith and The Border
1970 Francis Pym Cambridgeshire
1973 Humphrey Atkins Spelthorne
1979 Michael Jopling Westmorland
1983 John Wakeham Colchester and Maldon
1987 David Waddington Ribble Valley
1989 Timothy Renton Mid Sussex
1990 Richard Ryder Mid Norfolk
1994 Alastair Goodlad Eddisbury
1997 James Arbuthnot North East Hampshire
2001 David Maclean Penrith and The Border
2005 Patrick McLoughlin West Derbyshire (2005–2010)
Derbyshire Dales (2010–2012)
2012 (September) Andrew Mitchell Sutton Coldfield
2012 (October) Sir George Young North West Hampshire
2014 Michael Gove Surrey Heath
2015 Mark Harper Forest of Dean
2016–17 Gavin Williamson South Staffordshire
2017–2019 Julian Smith Skipton and Ripon
2019–present Mark Spencer Sherwood

House of Lords

Chief Whip of the
Conservative Party
The Lord Ashton of Hyde

since 26 July 2019
AppointerLeader of the
Conservative Party
Inaugural holderThe 3rd Earl Nelson
Formationbefore 1852
Year Name
before 1852 The Earl Nelson
1852 The Lord Colville of Culross
c.1870 The Lord Skelmersdale (created Earl of Lathom in 1880)
1885 The Earl of Kintore
1889 The Earl of Limerick
1896 The Earl Waldegrave
1911 The Duke of Devonshire
1916 The Lord Hylton
1922 The Earl of Clarendon
1925 The Earl of Plymouth
1929 The Earl of Lucan
1940 The Lord Templemore
1945 The Earl Fortescue
1957 The Earl St Aldwyn
1977 The Lord Denham
1991 The Lord Hesketh
1993 The Viscount Ullswater
1994 The Lord Strathclyde
1998 The Lord Henley
2001 The Lord Cope of Berkeley
2007 The Lady Anelay of St Johns
2014 The Lord Taylor of Holbeach
2019 The Lord Ashton of Hyde


See also