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UK Defence Secretary Liam Fox quits over 'close links' with advisor

October 15, 2011 - London

British Defence Secretary Liam Fox has resigned in the wake of intense pressure over his links with his close friend, and self-styled adviser Adam Werritty.

Fox had been under pressure since it emerged that Werritty, a lobbyist, had met him on 18 foreign trips despite having no official role.

Werritty, a former flatmate of Fox, handed out business cards suggesting he was his adviser and was present at meetings Fox had with military figures, diplomats and defence contractors.

Questions were also raised about who paid for Werritty's business activities and whether he had personally benefited from his frequent access to the defence secretary.

According to the BBC, Fox wrote in a letter to Prime Minister David Cameron, that he had "mistakenly allowed" personal and professional responsibilities to be "blurred".

"I now have to hold myself to my own standard. I have therefore decided, with great sadness, to resign from my post as secretary of state for defence," Fox added.

Responding to Fox's resignation, Cameron said 'he was very sorry to see him go'.

According to the report, transport Secretary Philip Hammond will now replace Fox.


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