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Former Defence Secretary

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Fox calls for more support for service families

The Ministry of Defence is failing to support the families of injured servicemen, according to the former Defence Secretary Liam Fox. Mr Fox told the Sunday Times the attitude of the MoD was still that supporting the families was not a "core responsibility". He will tomorrow launch a website to provide free accommodation for service families.


Fox attacks Lib Dems on economy

Liam Fox has hit out at the Liberal Democrats’ refusal to weaken employment laws, saying it is harming the UK’s economic recovery.

Writing for the Daily Telegraph, the former Defence Secretary said: “If the economy does not improve, they can expect a very unhappy date in 2015 with the voters, and their antipathy to labour market reform makes this more likely.”


Tory right urges tax cuts

Former Defence Secretary Liam Fox is leading calls from the Tory right for tax cuts, setting the stage for a Conservative-Lib Dem clash over the forthcoming budget.

Writing in the Financial Times today, Dr Fox urges the Chancellor to cut business taxes and ease employment regulation.

The Confederation of British Industry has also advised George Osborne to bring in some "modest" cuts, including a reduction in air passenger duty and lower rates for firms investing in infrastructure.

There may also be renewed calls to drop the 50p top rate of income tax, with new figures showing that the level of income tax paid fell by over £500m last month, suggesting the high rate is not increasing revenues.


Further cuts "economic madness"

Lib Dem peer Lord Oakeshott has branded Treasury proposals for a further 5% of spending cuts "economic madness". He also responded to Liam Fox's column in yesterday's Telegraph calling for further labour market deregulation, calling the former Defence Secretary's position "foolish".


£6bn Defence overspend

A scrutiny board established by former Defence Secretary Liam Fox has been accused of allowing an overspend of £6.1bn. A Commons spending watchdog said 15 projects were over budget and a total of 27 years late. Shadow Defence Secretary Jim Murphy said: “The country will be shocked at this total inaction from ministers.”


Werritty admits to mistakes

Adam Werritty has admitted he made mistake in his dealings with former Defence Secretary Liam Fox, adding that he had been “certainly naive”. In an interview with the Spectator, Mr Werritty also hit out at much of the reporting on the situation, saying it had been “long on drama and innuendo, but short on details and specifics”.