Liam Fox Dodges Leadership Questions.
Liam Fox. Remember him? He was the same Liam Fox who, when as Secretary of State for Defence, gave his close friend Adam Werritty, access to the Ministry of Defence and allowed him to join official trips overseas. This is the same Liam Fox who, after paying back the £22,476 claimed as expenses for mortgage interest payments, appealed against Sir Thomas Legg's decision, and lost. In March of 2010, Fox blamed a "changeover of staffing responsibilities", for his failure to comply with Parliamentary rules of the Register of Members' Financial Interests in connection with visits to Sri Lanka. In October 2011, Fox's association with Adam Werritty, who had been the Best Mann at Fox's wedding in 2005, attracted some media attention.
It came to light that Werritty had lived rent free in Fox's flat, had accompanied Fox on numerous official trips, attended some of his meetings with foreign dignitaries, had used official-looking business cards which said he was an "advisor" to Fox, (all despite having no government post) and that Fox used public money, from his expense claims as an MP, to pay Werritty.
On 14 October 2011 Fox resigned from his office as Secretary of State for Defence, stating in his resignation letter to David Cameron that, “..... I mistakenly allowed the distinction between my personal interest and my government activities to become blurred.”
It now seems that Liam Fox is indulging in the usual Westminster charade of “refusing to rule out” the prospect of some action or other, a phrase so popular with politicians.
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This time, the speculation is the growing likelihood of a leadership contest in the Conservative party. With Theresa May “setting out her stall”, it is highly probable, that others will join the scramble to become the leader of what seems to be, certainly today, an unelectable party. Liam Fox is just the second. The choice between these two is a stark one. The accident prone Mrs. May or the politically discredited Mr. Fox? Whichever one of these two may emerge as the victor, the outlook for the British people would be bleak indeed.