A deputy leader (in Scottish English, sometimes depute leader) in the Westminster system is the second-in-command of a political party, behind the party leader. Deputy leaders often become deputy prime minister when their parties are elected to government. The deputy leader may take on the role of the leader if the current leader is, for some reason, unable to perform their role as leader. For example, the deputy leader often takes the place of the party leader at Question Time sessions in the latter's absence. They also usually have other responsibilities of party management.
Some current Deputy Leaders
Some of these may be out of date.
- Tom Watson, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party (UK)
- George Osborne, Deputy Leader of the Conservative Party.
- Paul Nuttall, Deputy Leader of the UK Independence Party of the United Kingdom.
- Amelia Womack, Deputy Leader of the Green Party of England and Wales
- Angus Robertson Depute Leader of the Scottish National Party
- Alan Kelly, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party of the Republic of Ireland.
- Malcolm Bruce, Deputy Leader of the British Liberal Democrats
- Libby Davies, Megan Leslie, and David Christopherson, Deputy Leaders of the New Democratic Party of Canada
- Kevin O'Donnell, Deputy Leader of the Green Party of Ontario
- Travis Mccrea, Deputy Leader of the Pirate Party of Canada
- Ralph E. Goodale, Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada
- Julie Bishop, Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party of Australia