Chief Whip of the Labour Party

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

Depending on whether the Labour Party is in government or opposition depends if the role holders title is Opposition Chief Whip in the House of Commons, or Government Chief Whip in the House of Commons. Either way, the Chief Whip manages a team of whips, who he appoints from the Parliamentary Labour Party, to support the work of the whips’ office.

Nick Brown currently serves as the Chief Whip in the House of Commons and Tommy McAvoy as the Chief Whip in the House of Lords. Both Chief Whips were previously appointed by former leader Jeremy Corbyn and reappointed by Keir Starmer following his election as Labour leader in April 2020.[1]

The role of Chief Whip is regarded as secretive, as the Whip is concerned with the discipline of their own party's Members of Parliament. By convention, whips do not sign early day motions or table questions to Ministers. Nor do they give media interviews in their capacity as whip.

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 those people who have served as Chief Whip of the Labour Party in the Parliament of the United Kingdom.

House of Commons

Chief Whip of the
Labour Party
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Incumbent
Nick Brown MP

since 6 October 2016
Appointer Leader of the
Labour Party
Inaugural holder David Shackleton
Formation circa 1906

House of Lords

Chief Whip of the
Labour Party
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Incumbent
The Lord McAvoy

since 2018
Appointer Leader of the
Labour Party
Inaugural holder The Lord Muir-Mackenzie and The Earl De La Warr
Formation 1924

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