Defence minister Gerald Howarth may have winced at the revelation he met disgraced “adviser” Adam Werritty both socially and in an official capacity at the suggestion of Liam Fox. This is, however, probably one of the lesser embarrassments in his diary. Lest we forget, Howarth is best chums with corrupt sleazebag Neil Hamilton.

Indeed, the minister for international security strategy (pictured above right at an event last summer) was a financial backer of Hamilton’s unsuccessful libel action against Mohamed Al-Fayed, which collapsed after jurors concluded that he had demanded (and received) a £10,000 bribe from Mobil Oil to table an amendment to the budget.

At least Werritty has had the good grace to go quietly — more than can be said for Howarth’s crooked pal.

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