Dr Liam Fox MP (born East Kilbride, Scotland, 22 September 1961) was a British Conservative politician, former Member of Parliament for North Somerset. and the ex-Secretary of State for Defence.
Fox studied medicine at the University of Glasgow and worked as a GP and Civilian Army Medical Officer before being elected as a MP in 1992.
After holding several ministerial roles in John Major's Conservative government, Fox served as Constitutional Affairs Spokesman (1998-1999), Shadow Health Secretary (1999–2003), Conservative Party chairman (2003–05), Shadow Foreign Secretary (2005) and Shadow Defence Secretary (2005–10).
Fox stood unsuccessfully in the 2005 Conservative leadership election. In 2010, he was appointed Secretary of State for Defence.
During October 2011 Fox's relationship with a close friend Adam Werritty attracted scrutiny.
On Sunday 9 October 2011, Fox made a statement apologising publicly for his conduct in relation to Werrity, denying wrongdoing but admitting errors of judgment in mixing his professional and personal loyalties.
In 2011, he resigned over allegations that he had given a friend access to the Ministry of Defence and allowed him to join official trips overseas after it was revealed that for his time in office, 20 May 2010 to 8 October 2011, Werrity was present at 40 of Fox's 70 engagements in that period. During 2005/2006 Fox also used public money, from his expense claims as an MP, to pay Adam Werritty.
He is a strong believer in the Special Relationship between the United Kingdom and the United States.
He is the UK Director and founding member of The Atlantic Bridge, a UK based charity that aims to preserve and promote the Special Relationship.
The Atlantic Bridge closed down in October 2011 after being told to cease activities by the Charity Commission for "promoting a political policy [that] is closely associated with the Conservative Party".
Since his resignation in November 2011 and a messy divorce, little has been heard from Dr Fox.