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Encyclopedia > Liam Fox
Dr. Liam Fox MP

Incumbent
Assumed office 
6 December 2005
Preceded by Michael Ancram

In office
4 May 2005 – 6 December 2005
Preceded by Michael Ancram
Succeeded by William Hague

In office
6 November 2003 – 4 May 2005
Preceded by Theresa May
Succeeded by Francis Maude

In office
15 June 1999 – 6 November 2003
Preceded by Ann Widdecombe
Succeeded by Tim Yeo

Born September 22, 1961 (1961-09-22) (age 45)
Flag of Scotland East Kilbride, Scotland, UK
Political party Conservative

Dr. Liam Fox (born September 22, 1961) is a UK Conservative politician, currently Shadow Defence Secretary and Member of Parliament for Woodspring. The Secretary of State for Defence is the senior United Kingdom government minister in charge of the Ministry of Defence. ... The incumbent, in politics, is the current holder of a political office. ... December 6 is the 340th day of the year (341st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Michael Ancram The Most Honourable Michael Andrew Foster Jude Kerr, 13th Marquess of Lothian, PC, QC (born 7 July 1945), known as Michael Ancram, is a UK Conservative Party politician. ... The position of Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs was created in the United Kingdoms governmental reorganization of 1782, in which the Northern and Southern Departments became the Home and Foreign Offices. ... 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Early life and career

He was born and raised in East Kilbride, Scotland and brought up in a council house that his parents later bought. He attended St. Bride's High School. He studied medicine at the University of Glasgow Medical School, graduating with MB ChB in 1983. Raised as a Roman Catholic, he lapsed whilst a student, but considers himself a Christian and holds political positions (e.g. on abortion) that are consonant with conservative morality. Dr Fox is a general practitioner, a former Civilian Army Medical Officer and Divisional Surgeon with St John Ambulance. He is a member of the Royal College of General Practitioners. East Kilbride (Cille Bhrìghde an Ear in Scottish Gaelic) is a large town in South Lanarkshire, Scotland. ... Motto (Latin) No one provokes me with impunity Cha togar mfhearg gun dioladh (Scottish Gaelic)1 Wha daur meddle wi me?(Scots)1 Anthem (Multiple unofficial anthems) Scotlands location in Europe Capital Edinburgh Largest city Glasgow Official languages English, Gaelic, Scots Government Constitutional monarchy  -  Queen Queen Elizabeth II... De Beauvoir Estate, De Beauvoir Town, East London The council house is a form of public housing found in the United Kingdom. ... The Right to buy scheme is a policy in the United Kingdom which gives tenants of council housing the right to buy the home they are living in. ... Glasgow Medical School is the medical school of the University of Glasgow, and offers a 5 year MBChB degree course. ... Medicinæ Baccalaureus & Baccalaureus Chirurgiæ (MB BChir or MB ChB or MB, BS or variations thereof) are the two degrees awarded after a course in medicine and surgery at a university in the United Kingdom and other places following the British tradition, such as Australian, Hong Kong, Singapore, New Zealand, Jamaican... 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... St. ...


Whilst studing at the University of Glasgow, he became President of the University Club. From there he advanced through the Conservative ranks. Fox contested the Hairmyres Ward of East Kilbride District Council in May 1984, coming second – 210 votes – to the incumbent Labour Councillor, Ed McKenna. Master of Theology (MTh) Dentistry Nursing Affiliations Russell Group, Universitas 21 Website http://www. ...


He contested Roxburgh and Berwickshire in the 1987 General Election. Roxburghshire was a constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom from 1708 until 1918, when it was renamed Roxburgh and Selkirk. ... Margaret Thatcher David Steel Election 1987 Titles The United Kingdom general election of 1987 was held on 11 June 1987 and was the third consecutive victory for the Conservative Party under the leadership of Margaret Thatcher. ...


Fox has been the MP for Woodspring since 1992. He lives in Bishop Sutton, which due to a boundary change is in the neighbouring constituency of Wansdyke – represented by Dan Norris, Labour. North Somerset is a unitary authority in England, historically part of the county of Somerset but now administered independently. ... Bishop Sutton (Grid reference ST587597) is a small village within the Chew Valley in Somerset. ... Wansdyke is a constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. ... Daniel Norris (born January 28, 1960) is the Labour Member of Parliament for Wansdyke in England. ...


On June 10, 2005, he announced his engagement to long-term girlfriend Jesme Baird, 37, a fellow doctor who works at the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation and is also an alumna of the University of Glasgow. They married at St Margaret's Church opposite Parliament on 17 December 2005[1]. This ended some of the media speculation surrounding his private life. June 10 is the 161st day of the year (162nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation is a British medical research charity dedicated to the curing of lung cancer. ... Master of Theology (MTh) Dentistry Nursing Affiliations Russell Group, Universitas 21 Website http://www. ... The Anglican church of St. ... December 17 is the 351st day of the year (352nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Parliamentary career

He was elected as Member of Parliament for Woodspring in April 1992. In June 1993, Dr Fox was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Rt. Hon. Michael Howard, the then Home Secretary. In July 1994, he was appointed an Assistant Government Whip. Following a limited government reshuffle in November 1995, he was appointed a Lord Commissioner of Her Majesty's Treasury – a Senior Government Whip. He was Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office from 1996 to 1997. The United Kingdom general election of 1992 was held on 9 April 1992. ... A Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) is a junior role given to a United Kingdom Member of Parliament (MP). ... The Rt Hon. ... The Secretary of State for the Home Department, commonly known as the Home Secretary, is the minister in charge of the United Kingdom Home Office and is responsible for internal affairs in England and Wales, and for immigration and citizenship for the whole United Kingdom (including Scotland and Northern Ireland). ... In politics, a whip is a member of a political party in a legislature whose task is to ensure that members of the party attend and vote as the party leadership desires. ... The new eastern entrance to HM Treasury HM Treasury (Her/His Majestys Treasury) is the United Kingdom government department responsible for and putting into effect the UK Governments financial and economic policy. ... A Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, in the United Kingdom government structure, is a minister who is junior to a Minister of State who is then junior to a Secretary of State. ... The Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Whitehall, seen from St. ...


In June 1997, Fox was appointed Opposition Front Bench Spokesman on Constitutional Affairs. Between 1999 and 2003 he was the Shadow Secretary of State for Health. Her Majestys Loyal Opposition, or the Official Opposition in the United Kingdom is the largest opposition party in the House of Commons. ... Minister of Health redirects here. ...


In December 2000, he issued a qualified apology[2] for making a joke about the Spice Girls. The joke, which was addressed to fellow Conservative MPs at a Christmas party, was: "What do you call three dogs and a blackbird? The Spice Girls.". The Spice Girls were a BRIT Awards-winning English all-female pop/r&b group. ...


In November 2003, Fox was appointed campaign manager for Michael Howard following the no-confidence vote against the Conservative leader, Iain Duncan Smith. Dr. Fox was made co-chairman of the party by Michael Howard when he became party leader in November 2003. After the 2005 general election he was promoted within the Shadow Cabinet to become Shadow Foreign Secretary. On December 7 2005 he was moved to Defence by new Leader of the Opposition David Cameron MP. Rt. ... The Rt Hon. ... The United Kingdom general election of 2005 was held on Thursday, 5 May 2005. ... The Leader of the Opposition is a title traditionally held by the leader of the largest party not in government in a Westminster System of parliamentary government. ... David William Donald Cameron (born 9 October 1966) is the Leader of the Conservative Party and Leader of the Opposition in the United Kingdom, positions he has occupied since December 2005. ... A Member of Parliament, or MP, is a representative elected by the voters to a parliament. ...


He voted for the 2003 invasion of Iraq. The subject of this article is the 2003 invasion of Iraq. ...


He is a strong supporter of Israel and is a member of Conservative Friends of Israel. Conservative Friends of Israel is a UK Parliament based campaign group whose aims include strengthening business and political ties between Britain and Israel and promoting support for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, with Israel recognised and secure within its borders and the establishment of a stable...


Failed leadership bid

In September 2005, Fox announced he would join the contest to be the next leader of the Conservative party. The Conservative Party (officially the Conservative and Unionist Party) is the second largest political party in the United Kingdom in terms of sitting Members of Parliament (MPs), the largest in terms of public membership, and is the second oldest extant political party in the world. ...


He is considered to be on the right of the party, with staunchly Eurosceptic and Atlanticist views. Although no longer religious, he is critical of abortion and supports the family – for sociological, not moral, reasons. His campaign theme for the 2005 leadership race was based on the "broken society" theme, which he says Conservatives can address by returning emphasis to marriage and reforming welfare. Euroscepticism (from European and scepticism) has become a general term for opposition to the process of European integration. ... Atlanticism is a philosophy of cooperation among European and North American nations regarding political, economic, and defense issues. ...


His patriotic speech at the 2005 Party Conference improved his standing amongst members of the party. This article or section may contain original research or unverified claims. ...


In the initial ballot of Conservative MPs, on 18 October, he gained enough support (42 votes) to avoid coming last, and put himself through to the second ballot to be held two days later (see[1]). October 18 is the 291st day of the year (292nd in leap years). ...


He was eliminated with 51 votes in third place behind David Cameron (90 votes) and David Davis (57 votes). David William Donald Cameron (born 9 October 1966) is the Leader of the Conservative Party and Leader of the Opposition in the United Kingdom, positions he has occupied since December 2005. ... David Michael Davis (born December 23, 1948) is a British politician, Conservative Member of Parliament (MP) for Haltemprice and Howden and Shadow Home Secretary. ...


See also

The Official Loyal Opposition Shadow Cabinet (normally referred to simply as The Shadow Cabinet) is, in British parliamentary practice, a group of members from Her Majestys Loyal Opposition whose job it is to scrutinise their opposite numbers in government and come up with alternative policies. ...

References

  1. ^ "Liam Fox weds his long-time love", BBC News, December 18, 2005
  2. ^ "Senior Tory regrets Spice joke", BBC News, December 20, 2000

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Paul Dean
Member of Parliament for Woodspring
1992 – present
Incumbent
Political offices
Preceded by
Michael Ancram
Shadow Secretary of State for Defence
2005
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
Michael Ancram
Shadow Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs
2005–2005
Succeeded by
William Hague
Preceded by
Theresa May
Chairman of the Conservative Party
2003–2005
Succeeded by
Francis Maude
Preceded by
Ann Widdecombe
Shadow Secretary of State for Health
1999–2003
Succeeded by
Tim Yeo

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Liam Fox - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (852 words)
Dr Liam Fox (born September 22, 1961) is a UK Conservative politician, currently Shadow Defence Secretary and Member of Parliament for Woodspring.
Liam Fox has been the MP for Woodspring since 1992, however, he actually resides in Bishop Sutton in the adjacent constituancy of Wansdyke (Dan Norris, Labour), this is due to a boundary change which in effect moved his home from being within his constituency to its current location.
Fox was made co-chairman of the party by Michael Howard when he became party leader in November 2003.
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