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Summary of investigation – John Baron MP

Tuesday 23rd April 2024

April 2024

Organisation or person investigated

John Baron MP (“Mr Baron”)

Matter(s) investigated

Whether Mr Baron conducted unregistered consultant lobbying

Registrar’s decision

Based on assurances and information provided, Mr Baron has not conducted unregistered consultant lobbying in relation to the matter under investigation.

Summary of rationale for decision

Under the Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Act 2014, (“the Act”), a registrable communication is made by a VAT registered company or individual communicating with a Minister, Permanent Secretary (or equivalent) on behalf of a paying client.

Based on substantive written information provided, Mr Baron’s role for Baron & Grant Investment Management Limited is solely to Chair the quarterly Investment Committee.


29/03/24Article in The Guardian regarding potential lobbying activity.
08/04/24Formal letter from the Registrar to Mr Baron giving background on the requirement for registering and asking if his activities fall within the criteria to be registered with particular reference to, but not limited to, his remunerated role with Baron & Grant Investment Management Limited.
16/04/24Response from Mr Baron in which he explained the services he provided and the nature of Baron & Grant Investment Management Limited ‘s business.
18/04/24Further query from the Registrar.
18/04/24Letter from Mr Baron, providing further information and evidence of the extent of his role.
23/04/24Letter from the Registrar concluding the investigation.

23 April 2024

Office of the Registrar of Consultant Lobbyists