Scott Mann appointed as a Government Whip

The Queen has been pleased to approve the appointment of Scott Mann MP as a Government Whip (Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury). This role is unpaid but is considered a promotion.

Whips are MPs or Lords appointed by each party to help organise their party’s contribution to parliamentary business.

They are responsible for making sure the maximum number of their party members vote, and vote the way their party wants.

Scott Mann has a strong record of supporting the party line which has obviously not gone unnoticed. Parliament UK says:

Whips frequently act as tellers (counting votes in divisions). They also manage the pairing system whereby Members of opposing parties both agree not to vote when other business (such as a select committee visit) prevents them from being present at Westminster.

Whips are also largely responsible (together with the Leader of the House in the Commons) for arranging the business of Parliament. In this role they are frequently referred to as ‘the usual channels’.

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