Pendle MP joins the Government Whips Office

In the reshuffle following the General Election, Andrew Stephenson MP, has been promoted to join the Government Whips Office, taking on the role of a Whip.

The Government Whips Office is responsible for administering the whipping system, which ensures that MP’s attend and vote in parliament. Whips report to the Prime Minister on any possible backbench revolts and the general opinion of MPs within the party.

The Pendle MP, who was first elected in 2010 and lives in Colne, has previously served as a Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to four different Ministers, most recently as PPS to Boris Johnson, the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs for the past year.

Speaking following his appointment Mr Stephenson said; “I am very pleased to have been asked to join the Whips Office. Representing Pendle will of course remain my top priority, but I am looking forward to this new challenge. Given the outcome of the General Election, we all need to work together in Parliament to get legislation through where there is consensus and I hope to play a part in that working closely with the government and opposition Whips offices. It is a real honour to be appointed and I am looking forward to the challenge ahead.”