After days of scandal over his unofficial adviser Adam Werritty, the Defence Secretary Liam Fox has this afternoon resigned from the government. It is suspected that the final straw was revelations in this morning’s Times, regarding Mr Werritty’s financial backers.
His letter to the Prime Minister cited having “mistakenly allowed the distinction between my personal interest and my Government activities to become blurred” as his reason for resigning. David Cameron’s response flattered Dr Fox, perhaps in an attempt to avoid a right-wing backlash against him, saying “I have truly valued your support over the years. I will continue to do so in the future.”
Speculation is rife over who will replace Fox, with rumours leaning towards Philip Hammond, the present Transport Secretary, or Andrew Mitchell at the Department for International Development.