Liam Fox

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Liam Fox

Dr Liam Fox MP (born September 22 1961) is a UK Conservative politician, currently Shadow Foreign Secretary and Member of Parliament for Woodspring.

He was born in East Kilbride, Scotland, and studied medicine at the University of Glasgow. Dr Fox is a general practitioner, a former Civilian Army Medical Officer and Divisional Surgeon with St John Ambulance. He is a member of the Royal College of General Practitioners.

Dr Fox joined the Conservative Party while at University, becoming President of the University Club. From there he advanced through the Conservative ranks and contested Roxburgh and Berwickshire in the 1987 General Election. He was elected as Member of Parliament for Woodspring in April 1992.

In June 1993, Dr Fox was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Rt Hon Michael Howard, the then Home Secretary. In July 1994, he was appointed an Assistant Government Whip. Following a limited government reshuffle in November 1995, he was appointed a Lord Commissioner of Her Majesty's Treasury - a Senior Government Whip. He was Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office from 1996 to 1997.

In June 1997, Dr Fox was appointed Opposition Front Bench Spokesman on Constitutional Affairs. Between 1999 and 2003 he was the Shadow Secretary of State for Health.

Dr Fox has been suggested as a future leader of the party. In 2003, he was appointed campaign manager for Michael Howard following the no confidence vote which brought down the Conservative leader, Iain Duncan Smith. Dr Fox was made co-chairman of the party by Michael Howard when he became party leader in late 2003. After the 2005 general election he was promoted within the Shadow Cabinet to become Shadow Foreign Secretary.

On 10 June 2005 he announced his engagement to Jesme Baird, 37, a fellow doctor who works at the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation. They plan to marry at Westminster in December. [1] (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2005/06/10/ntory310.xml)

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