Defence Secretary Liam Fox quits

Defence Secretary Liam Fox has resigned after coming under intense pressure over his relationship with his friend and self-styled adviser Adam Werritty. Questions remain about whether Mr Fox broke ministerial rules. A report on Mr Fox's conduct is due to be published later this month. Find out how the friendship developed over the last 13 years by exploring the timeline.

  • 2011

    • Liam Fox


      Adam Werritty


    • 14 Oct: Resigns after admitting he "mistakenly allowed" his personal and professional responsibilities to become "blurred"
    • 10 Oct: Reveals he met Werritty 40 times in past 18 months
    • 5 Oct: Times reports Atlantic Bridge, charity directed by Mr Werritty and founded by Mr Fox, was run from Mr Fox's HoC office
    • 30 Sep: Atlantic Bridge removed from Charity Commission's register. Guardian report
    • 5-19 Aug: On leave in Spain with family
      Joins Mr Fox on family holiday
    • 31 July-3 Aug: Washington for meetings at the Pentagon and Capitol Hill
      Meets Mr Fox socially
    • 8-10 July: Sri Lanka for meeting with government and opposition figures
      Not present at official meetings, but attends public speech
    • 17-19 June: Stop-over in Dubai on return from Afghanistan
      In Dubai in private capacity. Has chance meeting with Harvey Boulter and arranges meeting with Mr Fox. Mr Boulter gave an interview to The Guardian on 8 Oct 2011.
    • 31 May-1 June: Takes leave en route to Singapore and stops in Hong Kong
      Joins Mr Fox in Hong Kong
    • 22-25 May: Tampa, Florida and Washington for meetings and lecture
      Attends meetings and accompanies Mr Fox on return flight to UK
    • 14-18 April: On leave with his wife in Abu Dhabi
      Joins couple in Abu Dhabi
    • 30 March-4 April: Qatar, Dubai and Bahrain for Libya coalition and visit to British Forces. Met Harvey Boulter in passing
      Mr Werritty present in private capacity, introduces Mr Boulter to Mr Fox
    • 17-21 Feb: Switzerland for skiing holiday
      Accompanies Mr Fox skiing
    • 6-7 Feb: Israel for Herziliiya conference
      Helps organise and attends a dinner with political figures and Mr Fox
    • 16-23 Jan: Travels via Hong Kong to Australia and New Zealand, taking some leave in Hong Kong
      Travels to Hong Kong in a private capacity
  • 2010

    • 17-22 Dec: Dubai for meetings with UAE government and British military. Takes two days leave before returning.
      Travels to Dubai, though not present at official meetings
    • 2-6 Dec: Bahrain talks and visit to British and US forces
      Travels to Bahrain, not present for official meetings
    • 6-8 Aug: Stop-over in Dubai en route to Afghanistan
      Present in Dubai in private capacity
    • 2-3 July: Tampa, Florida for meetings
      Attends informal dinner with General James Allen
    • 7-8 June: Abu Dhabi and Dubai for meetings
      Present on personal business
    • 4-6 June: Conference in Singapore
      Mr Werritty present
  • 2009

    • Feb: Mr Fox travels to Israel
      Mr Werritty accompanies him as his assistant
  • 2008

  • 2007

    • April: Mr Fox travels to Dubai
      Mr Werritty accompanies Mr Fox
  • 2006

    • Joins Security Futures (defence consultancy dissolved in Jan 2011)
  • 2005

  • 2004

  • 2003

  • 2002

    • Becomes director of UK Health Limited
    • Moves into spare room at Mr Fox's London flat
  • 2001

  • 2000

  • 1999

  • 1998

    • Mr Fox and Mr Werritty meet at Edinburgh University

Source: MoD/BBC Research

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