National names new whips
Prime Minister John Key has announced the election of National’s new senior whip and junior whip following the National Party caucus this morning.
The new senior whip will be list MP Michael Woodhouse, who is from Dunedin. He replaces Chris Tremain, who is now a Minister outside Cabinet.
The junior whip will be MP for Taupo, Louise Upston. She replaces Jo Goodhew, who is also now a Minister outside Cabinet.
“Both Michael Woodhouse and Louise Upston are hard-working MPs, and I am confident they will do a good job in their new roles,” says Mr Key. “I congratulate both of them.”
Whips are the organisers and administrators of the members in each of the political parties in the House.
They prepare lists of members from their party to speak in debates, make sure that members of their party are in the House when needed, negotiate with other whips on House business, and cast votes on behalf of their parties during a party vote.
All parliamentary political parties have people carrying out the role of whips. The Green Party prefers to call the person a musterer.