John Astor

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John Astor (Lord Astor of Hever) was the British Conservative Party under secretary of state and the House of Lords spokesman on Defence from 2010[1]until 2015.

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]

Astor sat on the board of trustees of the Atlantic Bridge charity.

Lords' Register of interests

Category 1: Directorships

  • Director, Roundwood Management Limited (trade and investment consultancy; company owned 100 per cent by Member; income from category 2 interests is paid to Roundwood Management Limited; personal client: NewWaves Solutions Limited (see category 2))

Category 2: Remunerated employment, office, profession etc

Category 7: Overseas visits

  • Visit to Oman, 7-8 January 2017, for governmental discussions on foreign and security affairs; return travel to UK and one night's accommodation costs met by Government of Oman

Category 10: Non-financial interests (a)

Category 10: Non-financial interests (b)

Category 10: Non-financial interests (c)

  • Vice President of St George’s Church in Ypres

Category 10: Non-financial interests (e)

  • Trustee, Astor of Hever Trust
  • Member, Regimental Council, The Life Guards
  • President, Motor Sport Industry Association

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.