Brit defense secretary cleaning house

LONDON, June 12 (UPI) -- British Defense Secretary Liam Fox says he's replacing Jock Stirrup, chief of the defense staff, and Bill Jeffrey, the department's top civil servant.
Britain wants to speed up Afghan pullout

Britain wants to speed up Afghan pullout

LONDON, May 22 (UPI) -- Britain wants to accelerate the withdrawal of thousands of its troops from Afghanistan, a top official told The Times in London.

Official: Tories will consider more troops

LONDON, Sept. 28 (UPI) -- A Conservatives-led government in Britain would be "sympathetic" to requests for more troops in Afghanistan, a party leader said.

Injuries, sickness hobble U.K. military

LONDON, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- As many as one in 14 British troops are sick or injured and are hurting war efforts, Britain's Conservative opposition party claimed.

Fox backs Brit Astute A-sub program

BARROW, England, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- A possible future British defense secretary is backing the Astute nuclear attack sub program.

Half of aid to Afghanistan said stolen

KABUL, Afghanistan, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- U.S. and British defense officials say up to half of the foreign aid given to Afghanistan is being stolen by tribal leaders and corrupt police.

Report: British troops denied equipment

LONDON, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- Urgent equipment requests from British soldiers fighting in Afghanistan are being turned down for financial reasons, it was reported Sunday.

U.K. uproar over troops' extended pay

LONDON, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- Britain's Labor government has come under fire for trying to change the way it pays soldiers on extended tours that could cost some of them $2,650 each. At issue in Parliament is the government's plan to phase out long service separation, or "accumulated

Clarke loses third bid to lead Tories

LONDON, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- British Conservatives Tuesday rejected former Chancellor Ken Clarke as their next leader, placing him last among the four candidates.

Britain shelves vote on EU constitution

LONDON, June 6 (UPI) -- Plans for a British referendum on the EU Constitution have been suspended indefinitely, Foreign Secretary Jack Straw said Monday.

Straw: 'Profound questions' over EU future

LONDON, June 2 (UPI) -- The Dutch rejection of the European Constitution raises "profound questions" for the future of Europe, British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw said.

UK confusion over EU referendum

LONDON, May 19 (UPI) -- A French rejection of the EU constitution could lead to Britain's planned referendum being shelved, European Minister Douglas Alexander said Thursday.

New Tory leader expected by Christmas

LONDON, May 11 (UPI) -- British Conservative Leader Michael Howard is to step down after the party's October conference, paving the way for a new leader by Christmas.

Blair stands by Tory 'cuts' claim

LONDON, March 18 (UPI) -- British Prime Minister Tony Blair renewed his attack on Conservative spending "cuts" amid accusations he is misrepresenting the facts.

Conservatives attack Blair 'lies'

LONDON, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- British Conservative Party co-chairman Liam Fox accused Prime Minister Tony Blair Monday of lying in the election campaign as he did over Iraq.
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Dr Liam Fox, MP (born 22 September 1961) is a British Conservative Party politician who currently serves as the Secretary of State for Defence in the British cabinet and has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for the North Somerset constituency (previously Woodspring) since 1992.

Fox was born in East Kilbride, Scotland and studied medicine at the University of Glasgow. Fox worked as an NHS general practitioner (GP) in Nailsea, Somerset and served as a Civilian Army Medical Officer, which enabled him to see army life first-hand. He was elected as the Conservative MP for Woodspring at the 1992 general election. After holding several ministerial roles in John Major's Conservative government, Fox entered the shadow cabinet in 1999, holding the positions of Shadow Health Secretary (1999-2003), Conservative Party chairman (2003-05), Shadow Foreign Secretary (2005) and Shadow Defence Secretary (2005-10).

He stood in the 2005 Conservative leadership election, but was eliminated in the second round of voting. When the Conservatives entered government in 2010, Fox was appointed the Secretary of State for Defence

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