Liam Fox

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Liam Fox

Liam Fox was the British Conservative Party Secretary of State for International Trade until he was sacked by the incoming prime minister Boris Johnson in June 2019. He was first appointed to the role in July 2016 by Prime Minister Theresa May.[1]

He was previously UK Defence Secretary from 2010-2011 but was forced to resign in October 2011 amid the controversy over his friend and unofficial adviser businessman Adam Werritty[2] accompanying him on several trips to key UK arms markets. Werrity did not work for the government and had no security clearance to be involved in ministerial business.

Fox has been the Conservative Party MP for North Somerset since 2010. In the 2015 election, Fox retained his seat with a majority of 23,099.

Pushing post-Brexit arms trade

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As international trade secretary, Liam Fox has said he will “personally lead on helping the defence and security industries to export and will be involved in the most significant global deals across all sectors”. Half of his new secondees in the Department of International Trade have been transferred from the private arms industry. [3]

Register of Members Financial Interests entries

See page: Liam Fox Register of Members Financial Interests


Special advisers


  • Thomas Heathcote - Overseas visits: 3-4 November 2015 to Tallinn in Estonia, paid for by Estonia-Atlantic Treaty Organisation; 26 February-5 March 2016 to Bulgaria, Give Us Time charity event, accommodation from Balkan Jewel Hotel Resort, flights from Give Us Time
  • Oliver Hibberd - Overseas visits: 8-10 September 2015 to Poland for security conference, paid for by Foundation Institute for Eastern Studies; 26 February-5 March 2016 to Bulgaria for Give Us Time charity event, accommodation from Balkan Jewel Hotel Resort, flights from Give Us Time [4]



In September 2005 Fox received £10,000.00 from the chairman of the The Utility Warehouse and son of Basil Wigoder - the former chairman of the Liberal Party, Charles Wigoder.

In November 2005 he received £3,000.000 from businessman and Tory and UKIP donor, Stuart Wheeler.

He has also received £40,000.00 from hedge fund manager and Conservative peer Stanley Fink between 2005 and 2007, in four sums of £10,000.00

Between 2006 and 2008, Fox received £100,500 from private equity firm manager and Tory donor Jon Moulton in three separate donations.

In January 2007 he received £10,000 from Australian businessman Sir Michael Hintze.[5]




  1. 'Who's in who's out? May's new cabinet', 14 July 2016, BBC News, accessed 15 July 2016
  2. Defence Secretary Liam Fox quits, BBC News, 14 October 2011.
  3. Lloyd Russell-Moyle, The arms trade isn’t the post-Brexit future we’re looking for, The Guardian, 21 December 2017, accessed Dec 2017
  4. Register of interests of members' secretaries and research assistants, 23 March 2016,, accessed 20 April 2016
  5. Electoral Commission, Donation search, accessed 20 February 2015