Summary of Investigation – Bim Afolami MP
Thursday 18th May 2023
Organisation or Person Investigated
Bim Afolami MP (“Mr Afolami”)
Whether Mr Afolami conducted unregistered consultant lobbying
Based on assurances received, Mr Afolami has not conducted unregistered consultant lobbying activity.
Summary of Rationale for Decision
Although Mr Alofami failed to respond substantively to detailed questions, he provided unequivocal and complete written assurances that all payments were made to a non-VAT registered entity. Under the Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Act 2014, registration under the Value Added Tax Act 1994 is one of three conditions that define consultant lobbying.
|9 May||Letter from the Registrar asking detailed questions regarding his paid work and payments.|
|9 May||Email response, not answering the Registrar’s questions and referring to the Register for Financial Interests.|
|10 May||Letter from the Registrar expressing disappointment at Mr Afolami’s failure to respond substantively and requesting a considered response to the questions of 9 May.|
|10 May||Email response, not responding to the questions, other than confirming that payments were made to a non-VAT registered company.|
|18 May||Letter from the Registrar concluding the investigation.|
18 May 2023
Office of the Registrar of Consultant Lobbyists