Tory chairman Ben Elliot is cleared of lobbying by watchdog

Tory chairman Ben Elliot is cleared of lobbying but urged to keep a ‘clear distinction’ between his role and business interests

  • Tory party chairman Ben Elliot has been cleared of lobbying by the watchdog
  • Probe initiated after reports contacts arranged between clients and politicians 
  • Registrar urged a ‘clear distinction’ between his role and business interests 

Tory chairman Ben Elliot has been cleared of lobbying but urged to keep a ‘clear distinction’ between his role and business interests.

The watchdog started an investigation last month over reports that Mr Elliot’s firm Quintessentially – which provides art, travel services and property for wealthy clients – had arranged access to top politicians. 

The Registrar has now concluded that the company ‘had not been engaging in consultant lobbying activity’. 

They said the company had given a ‘full response’ about its activities, and provided ‘substantive assurances that no consultant lobbying is undertaken’.  

Tory chairman Ben Elliot has been cleared of lobbying but urged to keep a ‘clear distinction’ between his role and business interests

However, the Registrar also advised Mr Elliott ‘to be cautious about the possibility of engaging in consultant lobbying activity (perhaps unintentionally) by not making a clear enough distinction between his role as a director of Quintessentially and his other activities connected to government’.

A spokeswoman for Mr Elliot said: ‘The registrar has made clear that Quintessentially does not lobby Government and therefore does not need to register as a lobbyist.’

Labour Party chair Anneliese Dodds said: ‘The lobbying regulator is sending a clear message to Boris Johnson about the actions of the Co-Chair of the Conservative Party.

‘There cannot be one rule for high-ranking Conservatives and their chums, and another rule for everyone else.’

Labour Party chair Anneliese Dodds said the watchdog was ‘sending a clear message’ to Boris Johnson (pictured in Downing Street today)

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