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Liam Fox has had a widely varying career both inside politics and out, initially training and working as a GP before entering politics and spending seventeen consecutive years on the Conservative front bench. He has worked on healthcare, defence and foreign affairs, as well as holding several high positions within the Conservative Party.
Born in East Kilbride in 1961, Liam Fox was educated at St Bride’s High School, the largest comprehensive school in Scotland at the time, going on to study medicine at the University of Glasgow. After graduating, he joined the Royal College of General Practitioners and worked as a Civilian Army Medical Officer as well as a volunteer divisional surgeon for St Johns, before moving to Buckinghamshire and Somerset to work as a GP.
Liam became an MP in 1992 following his election in the constituency of Woodspring (later renamed North Somerset) and by 1993, he was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to Michael Howard, then Home Secretary. The following year, he became an Assistant Government Whip before being promoted to the position of Senior Government Whip in 1995. He was a Minister at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office from 1996 until the 1997 General Election, during which time he brokered a peace plan in Sri Lanka.
Liam was appointed Opposition Front Bench Spokesman on Constitutional Affairs in June 1997. He also served as Shadow Secretary of State for Heath before being appointed Co-Chairman of the Conservative Party in 2003. Subsequently, from May 2005 to December 2005, he served as Shadow Foreign Secretary, and then as Shadow Secretary of State for Defence from December 2005 to May 2010.
Following the 2010 election, he became Secretary of State for Defence from May 2010 to October 2011. While Defence Secretary, Liam chaired the 2011 Strategic Defence and Security Review and directed the UK’s involvement in the NATO intervention in Libya, as well as negotiating the UK-France Defence Co-operation Treaty.
In September 2013, he published his first book, Rising Tides: Facing the Challenges of a New Era, looking at the threats facing the modern world in the era of globalisation and the suggestions for treatment.
Until July 2019 Liam Fox served as Secretary of State for International Trade in the post-referendum administration of Prime Minister Theresa May.
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