Articles tagged with Liam Fox
by Holly Smith / 10 Oct 2011 11:17
As Liam Fox finds himself in increasingly deeper water, the row surrounding the defence secretary becomes more and more muddled. Allegations abound over his relationship with his friend Adam Werritty, which it has emerged he had been warned about by former chief of defence staff Sir Jock Stirrup. Defence questions at 2.30 today will no doubt be explosive, with Fox needing to address the following claims:
- Conducting an unprofessional relationship with his
by Martin Cakebread / 21 Jul 2011 15:55
News this past week that sweeping changes are due to be put forward to the Armed Forces should not come as any surprise. With a budget black hole and limited finances, a solution was desperately needed.
I've campaigned myself for many years on defence matters, from better equipment and procurement, to spending and welfare of returning servicemen and women. The scale of the debate has been truly epic. With commentators from
by Amber Elliott / 27 Jun 2011 10:34
Rumour has it that the defence secretary is to outline plans for a kind of 'fourth service' to accompany the Army, Navy and RAF.
Annoucing the reforms recommended by Lord Levene, Liam Fox will create a more "meritocratic armed forces as well as new career opportunities".
It is believed that some of these new career opportunities will come in the form of a 'cyber-service' being created by the Ministry of Defence.
by Jerry Hayes / 03 Jun 2011 15:35
While the right are busying themselves smuggling black market Marmite into Denmark and amusing themselves by trying to trick No10 into serving Spanish cucumber sandwiches for Cameron’s tea, a reputation is being made.
Andrew Lansley has been humiliated, undermined and suffered more political deaths than Rasputin. His flagship health policy has been paused while Lib dem Oompa Loompas do their best to smother it to death. And No10 hasn’t exactly been glowing with
by Ben Duckworth / 17 May 2011 13:35
The front page of the Times this morning revealing the leaked letter between Liam Fox and David Cameron was the major topic of discussion with Conservative around Parliament this morning.
A number of theories have been mooted as to why the letter leaked and who did it. One envisaged Fox resigning to become the leader of the right-wing of the Conservative Party. This would mean the defence job had become too unbearable. One
by Ben Duckworth / 28 Apr 2011 16:07
At the end of today's press gallery lunch that Amber has blogged about, I got to have a quick chat with Liam Fox.
I asked for his thoughts on European countries' response to the Libyan situation. As a committed Atlanticist, who's just got back from talks with Bob Gates, the US Defence Secretary, does Fox believe that Europe's reaction has proved effective?
Well, you can't accuse Fox of not being straight.
by Amber Elliott / 28 Apr 2011 16:03
Liam Fox today praised David Cameron's leadership. But don't get too excited. It was carefully crafted – the defence secretary commended the prime minister's leadership of the coalition, not the Conservatives.
Speaking at a press gallery lunch – his first in 17 years in Parliament – Fox stated: "I do not think I would have the skill to deal with the complexity and personalities [of the coalition] with the same sensitivity."
by Jerry Hayes / 28 Mar 2011 11:04
At a time when the shadow cabinet is seriously beginning to question Ed Miliband’s judgement, now is not the time for the coalition embroil itself in unnecessary squabbles. Those split screen images of MiliEd comparing the weekend’s march with the suffragettes and the mindless violence that was simultaneously happening may be very unfair. But he knew the risks. Now he must take the consequences.
The first thing Cameron should do this morning is
by Shane Greer / 21 Mar 2011 13:47
Can the coalition ‘target’ Gaddafi? That was the debate raging on Twitter when I logged on first thing this morning.
William Hague and Liam Fox left the door open to the possibility, but Gen Sir David Richards, Chief of the Defence Staff, was quick to dismiss the notion. So who’s right?
They both are. Welcome to international law!
I admit, I’m a bit of an international law geek. So much
by Patrick Macfarlane / 11 Mar 2011 10:03
14:00 Lord Mandelson, the former business secretary, speaks at the launch of an ippr event on the future of globalisation.
18:30 Nick Clegg, Lib Dem President Tim Farron and peer Floella Benjamin address a rally at the opening of the Lib Dem national Spring conference.
And defence secretary Liam Fox attends a second day of meetings on Libya at NATO headquarters in Brussels.
by Patrick Macfarlane / 09 Mar 2011 15:48
This was no ordinary defence select committee hearing.
Four ministers: Oliver Letwin, William Hague, Liam Fox and Andrew Mitchell, all attended and managed to look happy about it.
Perhaps the last was a little riled when – following half an hour of answers from the other ministers, and a long interruption by Letwin – the committee chair James Arbuthnot pronounced: “You may speak now, Mr Mitchell.”
The audience, expecting a discussion
by Patrick Macfarlane / 09 Mar 2011 10:00
09:30 Pensions minister Steve Webb appears at a work and pensions select committee hearing.
12:00 Prime minister David Cameron faces Ed Miliband, the Labour leader, at this week’s prime minister’s questions. Possible intervention in Libya is likely to be at the top of the agenda.
14:30 Mark Thompson, Director General of the BBC, gives evidence at a Commons select committee on the implications of BBC World Service