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Liam Fox PC MP is a British Conservative politician who has been the Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade since 2016. He has been the Member of Parliament for North Somerset since 1992 and was Secretary of State for Defence from 2010 to 2011.

The Right Honourable

MP
Liam Fox 2016.jpg
Secretary of State for International Trade
Assumed office
13 July 2016
Monarch Elizabeth II
Prime Minister Theresa May
Preceded by Position established
President of the Board of Trade
Assumed office
19 July 2016
Prime Minister Theresa May
Preceded by Greg Clark
Secretary of State for Defence
In office
12 May 2010 – 14 October 2011
Prime Minister David Cameron
Preceded by Bob Ainsworth
Succeeded by Philip Hammond
Shadow Secretary of State for Defence
In office
6 December 2005 – 11 May 2010
Leader David Cameron
Shadowing John Reid
Des Browne
John Hutton
Bob Ainsworth
Preceded by Michael Ancram
Succeeded by Bob Ainsworth
Shadow Foreign Secretary
In office
10 May 2005 – 6 December 2005
Leader Michael Howard
Shadowing Jack Straw
Preceded by Michael Ancram
Succeeded by William Hague
Chairman of the Conservative Party
In office
6 November 2003 – 4 May 2005
Leader Michael Howard
Preceded by Theresa May
Succeeded by Francis Maude
Shadow Secretary of State for Health
In office
15 June 1999 – 6 November 2003
Leader William Hague
Iain Duncan Smith
Shadowing Frank Dobson
Alan Milburn
John Reid
Preceded by Ann Widdecombe
Succeeded by Tim Yeo
Shadow Constitutional Affairs Spokesperson
In office
1 June 1998 – 15 June 1999
Leader William Hague
Preceded by Michael Ancram
Succeeded by George Young
Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs
In office
23 July 1996 – 1 May 1997
Prime Minister John Major
Preceded by Mark Lennox-Boyd
Succeeded by The Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean
Member of Parliament
for North Somerset
Assumed office
9 April 1992
Preceded by Constituency established
Majority 23,099 (39.2%)
Personal details
Born (1961-09-22) 22 September 1961 (age 55)
East Kilbride, Scotland, UK
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Jesme Baird
Alma mater University of Glasgow
Religion Roman Catholicism
Website Official website

Liam Fox PC MP (born 22 September 1961) is a British Conservative politician who has been the Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade since 2016. He has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for North Somerset since 1992 and was 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 the 2009 expenses scandal, he was the Shadow Cabinet Minister found to have the largest over-claim on expenses, and as a result was forced to repay the most money. 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.