Liam Fox is a British politician of the Conservative Party serving as Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade since 2016.
A physician by education, he was elected Member of Parliament (MP) for North Somerset in the UK general election, 1992 and was appointed as Secretary of State for Defence from 2010 to 2011.
Fox studied medicine at the University of Glasgow and worked as a GP and Civilian Army Medical Officer before being elected as an MP.
After holding several ministerial roles under John Major, Fox served as Constitutional Affairs Spokesman from 1998 to 1999, Shadow Health Secretary from 1999 to 2003, Chair of the Conservative Party from 2003 to 2005, Shadow Foreign Secretary in 2005 and Shadow Defence Secretary from 2005 to 2010.
In 2010, he was appointed Defence Secretary by Prime Minister David Cameron, a position from which he resigned on 14 October 2011 over allegations that he had given a close friend, lobbyist Adam Werritty, inappropriate access to the Ministry of Defence and allowed him to join official trips overseas.
In July 2016, in the wake of the United Kingdom’s vote to leave the European Union, Fox was appointed the first Secretary of State for International Trade by new Prime Minister Theresa May.
Fox was also made President of the Board of Trade. Fox has twice stood unsuccessfully for the leadership of the Conservative Party, in 2005 and 2016
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