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WOMEN GOVERNMENT WHIPS, SPEAKERS AND DEPUTY SPEAKERS

These tables (as at 25 October 2010) list current and former women government whips, speakers and deputy speakers of both Houses. There are three deputy speakers of the Commons (the Chairman and two Deputy Chairmen of Ways and Means). Under the Constitutional Reform Act (2005) the post of Lord Speaker of the House of Lords was created. Baroness Hayman was elected as the first Lord Speaker in 2006. A panel of 20-25 Deputy Speakers assist the Lord Speaker. The Principal Deputy Chairman of Committees in the Lords is also Chairman of the Select Committee on the European Communities. The House of Lords normally has seven government whips and the Commons normally has five lords commissioner of the treasury and five assistant whips, though the present government has currently nine assistant whips.

Table 1a: Women House of Commons government whips

Name
Title
Party
Dates
Harriet Slater Lord Commissioner of the Treasury Labour
1964-66
Betty Boothroyd Assistant Whip Labour
1974-75
Margaret Jackson Assistant Whip Labour
1975-76
Ann Taylor

Assistant Whip
Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury (Chief Whip)
Labour

1977-79
1998-2001
Jacqui Lait Assistant Whip Conservative
1996-97
Janet Anderson Vice Chamberlain of HM's Household Labour
1997-98
Bridget Prentice Assistant Whip
Labour
1997-98
2003-2005
Jane Kennedy Assistant Whip
Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury (Government Whip)
Labour
1997-1998
1998-1999
Anne McGuire Assistant Whip
Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury (Government Whip)
Labour
1998-2001
2001-2002
Hilary Armstrong Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury (Chief Whip) Labour
2001-2006
Angela Smith Assistant Whip Labour
2001-2002
Karen Buck Assistant Whip Labour
2001
Joan Ryan Assistant Whip
Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury (Government Whip)
Labour
2002-2003
2003-2006
Gillian Merron Assistant Whip
Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury (Government Whip)
Labour
2002-2004
2004-2006
Charlotte Atkins Assistant Whip Labour
2002-2004
Margaret Moran Assistant Whilp Labour
2003-2005
Jacqui Smith Government Chief Whip Labour
2006-2007
Liz Blackman Assistant Whip
Vice Chamberlain of HM Household (Government Whip)
Labour
2006-2007
2007-2008
Claire Ward Assistant Whip
Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury (Government Whip)
Vice Chamberlain of the Household
Labour
2005-2006
2006-2008
2008-2009
Siobhan McDonagh Assistant Whip Labour
2007-2008
Alison Seabeck Assistant Whip Labour
2007-2010
Diana Johnson Assistant Whip Labour
2007-2010
Lyn Brown Assistant Whip Labour
2009-2010
Dawn Butler Assistant Whip HM Treasury Labour
2008-2010
Mary Creagh Assistant Whip Labour
2009-2010
Helen Jones Vice Chamberlain of HM Household Labour
2009-2010
Chloe Smith Assistant Whip Conservative
2010-date
Angela Watkinson Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury (Government Whip) Conservative
2010-date

Table 1b: Women House of Commons Speakers and Deputy Speakers

Name
Office
Party
Dates
Betty Harvie Anderson First Deputy Chairman of Ways and Means Labour
1970-73
Betty Boothroyd

Second Deputy Chairman of Ways and Means
Speaker of the House
Labour

1987-92
1992-2000
Janet Fookes Second Deputy Chairman of Ways and Means Conservative
1992-97
Sylvia Heal First Deputy Chairman of Ways and Means Labour
2000-2010

Table 2a: House of Lords government whips

Name
Office
Party
Dates
Baroness Phillips Baroness in Waiting Labour
1965-70
Baroness Serota Baroness in Waiting Labour
1968-69
Baroness Llewelyn-Davies of Hastoe


Baroness in Waiting
Captain of the Hon. Corps of Gentlemen-at-Arms (Chief Whip)
Labour


1969-70
1974-79
Baroness Young Baroness in Waiting Conservative
1972-73
Baroness Birk Baroness in Waiting Labour
1974
Baroness Stedman Baroness in Waiting Labour
1975-79
Baroness David Baroness in Waiting Labour
1978-79
Baroness Trumpington Baroness in Waiting Conservative
1983-85, 1992-97
Baroness Cox Baroness in Waiting Conservative
1985
Baroness Hooper Baroness in Waiting Conservative
1985-86
Baroness Blatch Baroness in Waiting Conservative
1990
Baroness Denton of Wakefield Baroness in Waiting Conservative
1991-92
Baroness Miller of Hendon Baroness in Waiting Conservative
1994-97
Baroness Gould of Potternewton Baroness in Waiting Labour
1997-98
Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton Baroness in Waiting Labour
1997-2010
Baroness Ramsay of Cartvale Baroness in Waiting Labour
1997-2001
Baroness Amos Baroness in Waiting Labour
1998-2001
Baroness Crawley Baroness in Waiting Labour
2002-2008
Baroness Andrews Baroness in Waiting Labour
1998-2005
Baroness Royall of Blaisdon Baroness in Waiting
Lords Chief Whip
Labour
2005-2008
2008
Baroness Morgan of Drefelin Baroness in Waiting Labour
2007-2008
Baroness Thornton Baroness in Waiting Labour
2008-2010
Baroness Northover Baroness in Waiting Liberal Democrat
2010-date
Baroness Verma Baroness in Waiting Conservative
2010 - date
Baroness Rawlings Baroness in Waiting Conservative
2010-date
Baroness Anelay of St Johns Lords Chief Whip Conservative
2010-date

Table 2b: House of Lords Speakers and Deputy Speakers

Name
Title
Party
Dates
Baroness Wootton of Abinger Deputy Speaker Labour
1967-88
Baroness Emmet of Amberley Deputy Speaker Conservative
1968-77
Baroness Tweedsmuir of Belhelvie Principal Deputy Chairman of Committees Conservative
1974-77
Baroness White

Principal Deputy Chairman of Committees
Deputy Speaker
Labour

1979-1983
1979-1989
Baroness Llewelyn-Davies of Hastoe

Principal Deputy Chairman of Committees
Deputy Speaker, Deputy Chairman of Committees
Labour

1983-1986
1986-1993
Baroness Serota

Deputy Speaker, Deputy Chairman of Committees
Principal Deputy Chairman of Committees
Labour

1985-2002
1986-1992
Baroness Cox Deputy Chairman of Committees
Deputy Speaker
Conservative
1986-2005
Baroness Lockwood Deputy Speaker, Deputy Chairman of Committees Labour
1990-2007
Baroness Hooper Deputy Chairman of Committees Labour
1993 - date
Baroness Nicol Deputy Speaker Conservative
1995-2002
Countess of Mar Deputy Chairman of Committees
Deputy Speaker
Cross-Bench
1997-2007
1999-2007
Baroness Turner of Camden Deputy Chairman of Committees
Deputy Speaker
Labour
1997-2008
2002-2008
Baroness Gardner of Parkes Deputy Speaker, Deputy Chairman of Committees Conservative
1999-2002
Baroness Pitkeathley Deputy Speaker, Deputy Chairman of Committees Labour
2002-date
Baroness Gould of Potternewton Deputy Speaker, Deputy Chairman of Committees Labour
2002 -date
Baroness Thomas of Walliswood Deputy Speaker, Deputy Chairman of Committees Liberal Democrat
2002-2007
Baroness Ramsay of Cartvale Deputy Speaker Labour
2002-2008
Baroness Fookes Deputy Speaker, Deputy Chairman of Committees Conservative
2002-date
Baroness Hayman Lord Speaker Not Party Political
2006-date
Baroness McIntosh of Hudnall Deputy Chair of Committees
Deputy Speaker
Labour
2007-date
2008-date
Baroness Gibson of Market Rasen Deputy Speaker Labour
2008-date
Baroness Harris of Richmond Deputy Speaker, Deputy Chairman of Committees Liberal Democrat
2008-date
Baroness Anelay of St. Johns Deputy Speaker, Deputy Chairman of Committees Conservative
2008-date
Baroness Morris of Bolton Deputy Chairman of Committees Conservative
2010-date

 


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