Deputy Leader of the Conservative Party (UK)

Deputy Leader of the Conservative Party is sometimes an official title of a senior Conservative politician of the United Kingdom.

Some are given this title officially by the party, such as Peter Lilley,[1] while others are given the title as an unofficial description by the media, such as William Hague.[2] The first politician to hold the office as such was Reginald Maudling, appointed by Edward Heath in 1965.[3] Distinct from being "second-in-command", there is formally no current position of deputy party leader in the party's hierarchy.[4]

The term has sometimes been mistakenly used to refer to the party's deputy chair.[5]