Just as Liam Fox attempts to relaunch his career by ranting about the EU in front of a Taxpayers Alliance logo yesterday, new details have emerged of just how deep his entanglements with inappropriate organisations were while he was in government — including an official role which he failed to declare.

It was reported last year that Fox’s banned pseudo-charity Atlantic Bridge had ties to the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a shady US right wing group whose motto is “Limited Government, Free Markets, and Federalism.”

Up to now, it was understood that Atlantic Bridge’s relationship with ALEC amounted to the signing of a “special partnership” with the controversial lobbyists. But it has now emerged Liam Fox’s personal involvement went much deeper.

Documents obtained by the US campaign group Common Cause reveal that Fox was listed as a member of the group’s International Relations Task Force — an official role which he failed to declare in the List of Ministers’ Interests when he was secretary of state for defence.

There are now questions as to whether Fox’s acceptance of a place on the Task Force was in breach of the ministerial code. The regulations, under which Fox was already slapped down once in October 2011 for his bizarre business arrangements with Adam Werrity, states:

“Ministers should take care to ensure that they do not become associated with non-public organisations whose objectives may in any degree conflict with Government policy and thus give rise to a conflict of interest.”

From teaming up with the NRA to denying climate change and campaigning to minimize environmental regulation, ALEC has plenty of conflicts with government policy.

Not to mention the defence interests of some member corporations.

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  1. Bill Edmunds says:

    Bad news for Liam in his Leadership Campaign, perhaps the Tories will have to choose between Gideon and Gove when Cameron gets the Thatcher Treatment.

  2. So this is how it works….

    a) shit on the rules

    b) repeat as many times as you can get away with…(use discretion, if you’ve ‘kept your nose clean’ with your puppeteers – this ‘honeymoon period’ can last a while, at least until you somehow displease them and become un-flavour of the month)

    c) wait for a bit of a lull…for this too shall pass…thanks to the aforesaid puppeteers, provided you have kept your nose clean etc and because you think
    i) WE’VE taken our eyes off the ball
    ii) you think WE are apathetic – and
    iii) you think WE are stupid – then

    e) just make a few portentious sounding pronouncements, and

    F-it) HEY presto…you are back in the game!

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