Fox inquiry 'must continue'
Labour MP John Mann has asked the Metropolitan police to investigate allegations of fraud against Adam Werrity, while his party has insisted the inquiry into the conduct of Liam Fox must continue despite his resignation. Dr Fox stepped down yesterday after a week of growing pressure over his relationship with Adam Werritty.
Soon after he announced his resignation, venture capitalist Jon Moulton said he had been approached by the former Defence Secretary, who apparently solicited funding for Parvat, a company set up by Mr Werritty. Shadow Defence Secretary Jim Murphy said there were still "unanswered questions" and called for a broader investigation into the rules governing ministerial conduct.
Philip Hammond will replace Dr Fox at the Ministry of Defence, and has said he will ensure Britain's defences and the finances behind them are "robust" as he begins his new role. Justine Greening has moved from the Treasury to fill Mr Hammond's previous role as Transport Secretary, while Chloe Smith has taken on Ms Greening's former position.
Eurosceptic MP John Redwood voiced the concerns of right-wing Conservatives, saying Dr Fox's resignation would mean "fewer voices around the Cabinet table" representing the party right. He added Mr Hammond had "never been a champion of the right", and suggested some in the party were unhappy with his performance as Transport Secretary. Admiral Lord Alan West said Mr Hammond "didn't know much about defence".