John Astor

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John Astor (Lord Astor of Hever) is the Under Secretary of State and the Lords Spokesman on Defence.[1]

Werritty Meeting

Following the resignation of Liam Fox as Defence Secretary over his links with Adam Werritty in October 2011, Fox's successor Philip Hammond stated that Astor was one of two junior Ministers who had also met Werritty:

Lord Astor had occasional social contact with Mr Werritty: contact as a result of their previous involvement with the Atlantic Bridge; and contact in passing when visiting Bahrain for the Manama Dialogue in December 2010. None of these meetings involved official MOD business.[2]

External Resources


  1. Under Secretary of State and the Lords Spokesman on Defence, Ministry of Defence, accessed 21 November 2010.
  2. Defence: Adam Werritty, Written Answers to Questions, Hansard,, 24 October 2011.