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After the worst week of his political life, Liam Fox decided he


had to go as he admits blurring personal interests and government


activities. We have new revelations about his friend Adam Werritty's


business links. The Shadow Defence Secretary Jim Murphy with the Tory


MP who says Dr Fox should not have quit. General Sir Mike Jackson will


discuss the effect of having six defence secretaries in six years.


At a time of big military cuts and two major conflict, we'll examine


Liam Fox's legacy at the MoD. Also tonight, how will the Tory right


react to losing one of their favourite sons and we'll discuss


where this leaves the Coalition and David Cameron.


Good evening. There's an old saying among military medics about being


wounded in combat, if it looks bad, it is bad. The day by day


revelations about Liam Fox and his friendship with Adam Werritty


looked increasingly bad throughout the past week and that meant they


were bad. Today Dr Fox decided he'd had enough and quit his job to be


taken now by Philip Hammond, the Transport Secretary. We'll get to


the long-term political and military implications in a moment,


but first, David Grossman is here with Higgs insights into what


happened today and why. It looked increasingly inevitable,


didn't it? I think that's a fair assessment. This has been one of


the more inevitable resignations from the Cabinet in modern times,


ever since the bare facts of this were known. I think all that was


really delaying the departure was David Cameron's understandable


reluctance to lose a Defence Secretary at a time of war and take


the inevitable political hit that comes from losing any Cabinet


minister. But what happened day after day has been that Liam Fox's


story, or his account of what was going on has simply unravelled. At


the beginning we were told these 41 meetings with Adam Werritty who


had's been his bestman were simply friends getting together to chew


over stuff. Now, over the days, a more complex picture has emerged.


Today one of the donors who provided money for Adam Werritty


says that it was Liam Fox who solicited those donations. The


Cabinet secretary is looking at this matter and is about to report.


I understand that one of the factors that tipped Liam Fox


towards resignation is the knowledge that that assessment by


the Cabinet secretary was going to be very critical. At the moment,


when he resigned it was his decision but he knew it wasn't


going to be his decision for much longer.


There aren't many more important jobs in government, political


oversight of the Armed Forces, defending the realm. What Liam Fox


couldn't survive, though, was the impression that he was also at the


same time running a parallel department.


REPORTER: Is sorry enough? It's not like he didn't do his best to hang


on, he even apologised. I accept that mistakes were made and I


should not have allowed the impression of wrong-doing to arise.


I'm very sorry for that. When that didn't work, well, he


apologised again. I am sorry for this, I have apologised to the


Prime Minister, to the public and at the first opportunity available


to the House. Today there was no sign of the Defence Secretary, just


a whole load of rumours and then, I think if you look back at the


events of the week, I think he's reached the right decision. I'm


reluctant in that conclusion because I think he'll be a big loss


to the MoD but when the story becomes as persistent as it has


become, it does become a real distraction for the department


concerned. I agree with his analysis that it was probably


better for him to step aside and avoid disrupting the very important


work of the Ministry of Defence and our Armed Forces. Outside the MoD


statues of heroes, Monty, of course, who did for the Desert Fox.


What did for the Liam Fox? Forget all those complicated floep charts


showing money going from that individual to that organisation, or


that meeting and that obscure foreign location. What really did


for him was the perception that even as Secretary of State for


Defence, even in charge of the MoD here, he was, at the same time,


running a sort of freelance policy operation beyond the control of the


Government. The facts emerged slowly. The


bestman at Dr Fox's wedding, Adam Werritty, we found out visited him


at his office 22 times and on overseas visits 19 times, all since


the last general election. Why? And who was paying? It appears


it was political donors seeking to influence policy. Ministers have


always had as it were groups of people who work for them on the


side, people they mix with in Parliament, groups that they kept


in touch with. That's perfectly acceptable if these things are open


and they're understood. It's the gaining private advantage through


public office of the minister that is wrong. It is deeply suspicious.


Even if nothing wrong was happening, ie, no money was being made, no


secrets were being given away, the rules are pretty clear. Just the


perception of wrong-doing is wrong because it's against the public


interest. Mr Werritty had been using a business card describing


himself as an advisor, but crucially, he didn't have any


official status. He did, though, arrange meetings, a meeting with


the defence contractor at this Dubai hotel, Liam Fox was there but


there was no civil servant present much


There was also a meeting with the Sri Lankan President, again Adam


Werritty was there, but no civil servant. The Cabinet secretary Gus


O'Donnell is conducting an investigation. Labour says that


investigation must now be widened. It will not be good enough just to


say he's resign and it's not going any further. It's quite


embarrassing for David Cameron because some of the same


individuals who funded Adam Werritty's activities are quite


major donors to David Cameron's campaigns as well in the


Conservative Party. But Liam Fox is not without friends in his own


party. They point to his successes, recently in Britain's involvement


in Libya. It was this support that was one of


the factors in meaning that David Cameron did not wish to be seen to


be forcing him out prematurely. Very upset for him, a man of great


honour and integrity. But also very angry at the media witch-hunt that


has pursued him and ultimately played a very important part in


forcing him out of office. I met with Liam a few nights ago for a


drink. I could see the hurt, I think, that he was feeling. He has


obviously put his party and his government ahead of his own


interests. We have lost an incredibly efficient, hard-working


Secretary of State for Defence. David Cameron, too, paid tribute to


his departing minister. I quite understood why Liam Fox has decided


to resign. Obviously I'm sorry to see him go because obviously he did


a good job at the Ministry of Defence, clearing up the mess left


by the last government and giving good leadership to that department,


particularly while we've been in action in Libya and also, of course,


in Afghanistan as well. New Defence Secretary is Philip Hammond. He


moves from transport. That personnel change, the Government


would like to mark the end of this matter. There are, though, too many


unanswered questions still hanging around about Liam Fox and his


bestman for that to be the case. With me now our correspondent


Richard Watson who spent the week investigating the many questions


raised by the friendship of Dr Fox and Adam Werritty. Richard, you


learnt some new information today, did you not? Yeah, I think the most


damaging material to come out really concerns this, not for


profit company funded by donors who supported Liam Fox's political


ideology on the right. That seems to be the vehicle by which Adam


Werritty was funding his five-star lifestyle around the world.


Crucially one of these big donors came out tonight and confirmed that


Liam Fox approached him, claimed he approached him after the election


for funding and I think that raises some very big questions indeed. The


way this story emerged today is also instructive. At 2pm I received


a phone call from a source saying that Pargav's sole director had


been suspended from his job with a a major hedge fund company run by a


man called Michael Hindusy and he has been a big donor to the


Conservative Party as well. That point the writer was on the wall,


if you have a big donor to the Conservative Party pulling out the


draw bridge, creating clear water between him and this story, the


inevitable would follow and two hours later he resigned.


uncovered some new information about what might have been going on


on that trip to Sri Lanka which was after that very brutal civil war in


the country? The Sri Lankan story, I think is quite Jermaine to this,


central to this, what I've been told by a very well pleased source


is that within the last three to four months there were serious


concerns expressed by some Foreign Office officials here in London


that Adam Werritty was pursuing a kind of argument that went along


the following lines - now the civil war is over it's time to rebuild


relationship with Sri Lanka, fair enough, but those contracts he


suggested would flow would include some kind of defence-related


material, highly controversial. The same source told me at that a


second set of officials, this time in the Department for International


Development had similar concerns recently as well. They were saying


that Mr Werritty was pursuing a similar argument saying Britain


should be in the business of big construction contracts to Sri Lanka


and what about including defence- related contracts as a kind of


added incentive to make Britain very competitive indeed. Where does


it leave us? I suppose ultimately in summary it has been a week of


drip, drip in evidence and allegations. It proved too much in


the end but of course there could still be quite a lot to come out.


We have the official inquiry next week. Thank you very much.


We wanted to speak to Dr Fox tonight or any member of the


Government, we were told that no- one was available. But with us now,


the Conservative MP and friend of Dr Fox, Peter Bone and the Shadow


Defence Secretary Jim Murphy. Mr Bone, given all that, and given


that he was a daily distrabg in the past week, he had -- distraction in


the past week, he had to absolutely go? I don't think so. I think it


would be in the national interest for Dr Fox to remain. There were


allegations and tittle-tattle but there was no suggestion he breached


national security, no suggestion that there was any corruption on


the part of Dr Fox. Now, he put, of course, the country first rather


than his personal career and resign because, because the media was in


such a frenzy. Hold on, though, the media will do what the media will


do, but this was somebody who was told by Number 10 that could you


hang on, of course, and wait for Gus O'Donnell's report next week.


The Labour Party, I'm sure Jim Murphy will confirm it, Jim Murphy


wasn't saying you could resign, he could have held on. He must have


realised he did something wrong. Only the BBC could say that.


said it today. Why not accept the obvious. That he resigned because


he did something wrong? Absolutely not. He resigned because he did


something right? Yes, he put the country first. Because of the


frenzy that you and others have built up, he was distracting from


the job and he decided to go. I think that was typical of Liam.


Murphy, the case is closed, the man has gone, it's over. The case


hasn't closed. We actually don't know why Liam resigned today. We


can speculate. He put the country first. We know that's not the case.


Peter has to say it and that's fine. I happen to believe that. Sorry,


Peter, that's unkind for me to say you were doing your job then.


Believe you to be wrong, but. I never called for his resignation. I


had say. Why not? I think too often opposition politicians whether when


Labour was in power and the Tories did it or when Tories are in power


Labour perhaps in the past have done it, in a sense, if you throw


about demands for resignations like confetti, it's devalued as a


currency. I think Liam, like every politician, is entitled to a fair


hearing, there was an inquiry, it should have run its course but


unfortunately for Liam, as the evidence has emerged Liam has


decided he can't go on. He'd become a distraction, I'm suggesting to


you this is now over. What more do you want to know? Two things, Liam


did break the rules, Government has rules and ministers have standards.


He's paid a high price. Liam fell below his own standards and broke


the Government's rules in terms of the code of conduct of the the


second thing here is we need to find out whags this source of


money? What is the flow of money -- what is this sorgs of money? Liam


treated Adam Werritty as a good friend, Adam Werritty seemed to


treat Liam Fox as some sort of franchise to make money from. We


need to know as part of the inquiry, where's the money? Why has Liam


decided. Let's carry out the investigation and if need be


broaden the investigation further. Do you agree with that? I think we


have to see what the report says. I agree with Jim that he looked


embarrassed in the House of Commons earlier this week when behind him


Labour backbenchers were baying for Liam Fox's blood. He's a good guy,


Jim, he was reluctantly pushing the party line but you could see his


heart wasn't in. What did you make of the innuendos and some would say


smears this week? That's what it was all about. It was like reading


a soap op radio, wasn't it. It was -- opera, wasn't it. Soap operas


decide whether you get rid of a minister or not. In this case I


think there is a national interest involved. I would like Jim to tell


me, does he think it's in the national interest, think of our men


abroad, fighting in Libya and Afghanistan, that Liam Fox has left.


I've always said I would rather be discussing and debateing the


Government's defence policy rather than the Government's Defence


Minister. Neither Peter nor I created this crisis and neither did


the BBC, Liam Fox created this crisis by having such a close


professional relationship in such a murky business where it emerges


this evening that Liam appears to have the solicited donations for an


organisation that Mr Werritty worked for, that was then providing


with advice and support. This is entirely of Liam's making, but he's


done the right thing. Peter shouldn't blame the press. The res


are doing their job. A narrow point, are you worried about the changing


composition of the Government, that the raoeult, as it were, somewhat


under represented.? Another context of this, I'm from the right of the


party. I didn't think we were very well represented in the Cabinet.


Now I think we're grossly underrepresented. I think what's


going to happen in the next few weeks or months, the inevitable re-


shuffle has to occur and the balance in the Cabinet has to to be


put right. We need to have people in the Cabinet who represent the


Conservative Party. We have five Liberals representing the Liberal


Democrats. I think the most concerned person this evening isn't


people, it will be Chris Huhne, because the inLib Dems sat their


silently and defended the Defence Secretary because they knew if they


took out the Defence Secretary Peter and others would respond by


retaliateing against Chris Huhne. It was more like a protection


racket than a Coalition Government. You said you would like a debate


about the future of defence in this country. The big debate, but six


defence secretaries in six years four of them Labour, one after the


other, they didn't last very long. You are, it is allege by Mr Fox and


others, Dr Fox and others, partly responsible for the chaos at the


MoD. That's a wider debate and we can discuss that this evening if


you wish. But the fact is, the Government had a defence review


that Liam oversaw, that he thought was the right thing to do for the


country. But I think it was a short-term measure driven by the


deficit reduction plan going too deeply. We have an island nation


with a -- with an aircraft-carrier that will have a holiday from


aircraft. Those sorts of decisions are peculiar, I hope the new man in


the job takes a fresh look at some of these decisions so they make


sense. Thank you both. There are never easy times nowadays


for the British military but Dr Fox's resignation comes during a


war in Afghanistan, of course, conflict in Libya and a profound


reorganisation as we've just been hearing and budget cuts at the MoD.


The forces are still coming to taoerpls with the Strategic Defence


and Security Review which Dr Fox oversaw. He fought battles against


the Treasury and Downing Street on the cuts and awkwardly for the


Coalition his concerns became public. In the end he had to accept


sweeping job cuts in all three services, the axing of Harrier


jumpjets, the Navy's flagship HMS Ark Royal and planned Nimrod spy


planes. On the battlefield or above it, Libya has revealed gaps in what


British forces can actually do nowadays. After ten years in


Afghanistan no-one thinks that the war there is anywhere near being


won, whatever that might mean. His successor, Philip Hammond, the


sixth Defence Secretary in six years somehow has to maintain


motheral, support troops who are risking their lives and keep going


with cuts and reforms. With me is our defence editor, Mark


Urban, will he be thought of, leaving what we've been talking


about aside, will he be thought of as a good Defence Secretary? There


are many people in Whitehall who say precisely that, he came into


the MoD at an extremely difficult time, a very overspent organisation,


an organisation where the political contradictions within the Labour


Party about Iraq, Afghanistan, had led to such a light political touch


on the tiller that it was pretty much rudderless, many people


thought the service chiefs were having things far too much their


own way, loading in projects into the programme you unsustainable. It


needed a big character to turn it all around, to get the Strategic


Defence and Security Review in, and many people feel that Liam Fox was


precisely that man and that he had the force and personality to do so


and therefore this is a considerable loss. We've heard


Peter Bone and many of his other friends coming out today talking


about him but he made some enemies, too. Precisely for those same


reasons the force of character, the fact that he knew his own mind on


many of these key issues. He came in there, for example, saying "we


will get rid of one major combat aircraft type in the RAF", a thing


that cascaded down into this decision to get rid of the Harriers


eventually. He knew his mind on that issue. He did upset people. It


was precisely part of his strategy to get the military back on the


leash that upset many people. Then a few months ago, for example, when


he announced that the powers of the service chiefs were being trimmed.


He said in the House of Commons they don't need to be so involved


in strategy, almost implying it was a waste of their time, they


shouldn't be worried about this. One service chief described that


remark to me as "disgusting". He certainly had many enemies,


particularly within the senior ranks of the military. People who


would not be, sorry to see him ago and, of course, the MoD is in the


process of making those, some of those war fighters from Libya and


Afghanistan redundant, which is also creating bitterness. Briefly,


Philip Hammond takes over, widely regarded as a safe pair of hands, a


safe bet. What are the biggest challenges he faces given that


those difficult decisions have been taken? The key operational


challenge is obviously managing the exit from Afghanistan, but the


broader key challenge is the programme once again, already so


soon after that defence review there are many people who say, no,


the same old problems are going on, the thing is overset with too many


projects, too many overspends. There will have to be further


substantial cuts in the forces and Mr Hammond will need to get his


head round that issue. Thank you very much. Also with us, the former


head of the army Sir Mike Jackson. Leaving aside the details of what


went on, when you have the head of the MoD distracted by something as


he has been every day this week, how difficult is it for the


organisation to know exactly where it's heading? It's obviously a


distraction. The good thing perhaps is that it didn't last very long,


although it may seem long. It's good that it's over? It's good that


it's over. One way or the other. But we now know.


But echoing what's just been said, it's a very complex canvas at the


moment. We have a war still to be won in Afghanistan, albeit with an


end date, we shall see. We have an operation to conclude in Libya, to


say nothing of the unexpected, we can leave that. There's a very


complex programme of restructuring, reforming the MoD itself, this is


quite a challenge. I hope, I hope you're wrong when you say that


we're still that much out of kilter as between programme and budget.


Philip Hammond is a quick studyer, he spent a lot of time thinking


about the Treasury matters, he went to transport and now he's at the


MoD. How difficult is it for somebody, an outsider to get their


head round the complexities of everything from procurement to


looking after men and women's lives. I think it takes really quite a


long time. There's a sense that up to a year is required before you


really understand how the machine works, what motivates people. The


whole acquisition process which has been the Achilles heel, if you like,


of defence for so long, which, to give Dr Fox credit, he was getting


a grip on, amongst other things. But we are where we are. What I


think the Armed Forces look for is now continuity. They would hope the


big decisions have been taken and it's now a question of making sure


they get implemented. It was trgt the way you said that, that it


could -- interesting that you said that, that it could take up to a


year, even for a bright person to take charge of this. If we had six


people in six years, that suspects no-one has quite got a grip on it


for many years? I think it's a very poor reflection somehow on, I don't


know, maybe the political importance given to defence. This


is not a party political point because most of that churn was in


the last government. That's where we have been, about one a year on


average. The Armed Forces themselves could be forgiven for


thinking that they don't matter that much. I'm sure that's not the


case but it can give that impression, this churn. How, then,


important is it for Philip Hammond not only to raise himself to the


challenges we've been talking about but stays for quite sometime?


Leaving personality, names apart, whoever it was, I very much hope we


now have a Defence Secretary who will be in post until the next


election. To give that continuity. Do you think that Liam Fox should


have gone because he was a distraction? He chose to go. I


don't think it's for me to comment as a retired soldier on the


politics of it. I don't know what was in his mind or whatever. He's


chosen to go and that's that, we are where we are. Does any of this


have an impact on the soldiers on ground which is obviously your


particular concern? Yes, I think to a private soldier in Afghanistan


the name and the personality of the Secretary of State may just be part,


just on his radar screen but I don't think it's going to be much


of his thinking day. What he looks for is good direction from the top


downwards and a constandcy of direction. I go back to my


continuity point. Thank you very much, General Sir Mike Jackson.


It's one of the cliches of politics that all political parties are


coalitions but it's true that Liam Fox who once harboured ambitions to


be Tory leader was once seen to be the emblematic figure of the right.


Today we've been hearing the right has never been weaker in the Tory


Cabinet than it is now. Shaun Ley looks back at Liam Fox's career and


what he represented. Liam Fox is that increasingly rare


beast at the top of the Conservative Party, no Cameron-


style social liberal, he signalled that he's an unreconstructed


Thatcherite by making the lady herself star-turn at his 50th


birthday party. From the start of his Parliamentary career in 1992,


he was prepared to defy the leadership, challenging John


Major's delicate party balancing act over Europe by publicly


pledging his opposition to scrapping the pound. In any cunning


fight over the EU he could yet become a rallying point for


hardline sceptics. The EU is locked in the past. We need an agenda for


the 21st century. We need to break away from the whole outdated


concept of ever closer union much He was ambitious, in opposition he


flourished, his convivial style making him an ideal party chairman


to rally demoralised party troops. For Liam Fox this could never be


the nasty party and its past was nothing to be ashamed of. There is


no such thing as government money, there is only tax-payers' money,


remember that one. You cannot go on squeezing wealth


creators to finance an ever hungrier government machine. David


Cameron put him in charge of health, but Dr Fox enthused about an


insurance-based NHS, hardly helpful to the new leader's attempts to


decontaminate the Tory brand. Defence fitted his traditional Tory


instincts but in taking on the military top brass he impressed


Number 10 with his appetite for reform. Less welcome was an


interview calling Afghanistan a broken 13th century country and


leaks showing him valiantly fighting the Treasury over defence


cuts. Who leaked and why was never established.


Liked but never entirely trusted, a reputation Liam Fox takes with him


to the backbenches, one way may yet give David Cameron cause to be


nervous. Shaun Ley with that report. Joining


me to discuss the Fox resignation and what means, Fraser Nelson the


editor of the Spectator and Allegra Stratton, political correspondent


with the Guardian. Fraser, you know Liam Fox, you've heard the various


arguments put about today, do you think this was a good man hounded


out by the press or do you think it was someone who made fundamental


misjudgments? I think it was a good man who made fundamental


misjudgments. Throughout all of this nobody is saying he was a bad


Defence Secretary, politicians never resign because they did the


job wrong it's always something else. I think he was right to think


this couldn't go on. You just feel in your bones as a politician that


this story is not going to go away. I suspect with him he probably


could have hung on, David Cameron probably would have backed him but


he decided that the critical mass of bad news stories was such that


it was time to walk the plank. Allegra, he was pretty naive,


wasn't he? Indeed, he was. Also, we've been playing this game in the


office of trying to imagine that he was the relationship with Werritty


if she had been a woman and would we have necessarily hung back from


that and not interrogated that relationship and not said, hold on


a second this is completely normal. There was naivety, he does have


this kind of boyish charm, though. That is a part of his thing, that


he's kinda, swbsb from his constituency earlier was talking


about him having Blair-like qualities. Is that a compliment or


not? From him he said it was a compliment, a kind of sparkle in


his eyes? He loves Conservatives. When he was party chairman he would


talk to the activists in their 50s and 60s and wee love talking to


them and it was reciprocated. That's why the party liked him.


They could tell that he was a Conservative to his heart. Was part


of it, though, talking with Peter Bone there, there was innuendos


about him and smears which nobody quite put their finger on but it


contributed to the '80s fear around him? He's always had this


atmosphere around him. He is age blind as a politician, friends in


their 70s, and 20s, it doesn't matter to him. That's odd for a


politician. The same thing about social status. Normally when a


politician has a bestman it's a political appointment, somebody


who's up there in stature, he doesn't care for any of that. He's


saying, look here's my best mate, sure he's 16 years younger, but I


don't care. Odd for a politician but normal for a person. We're not


dealing with something with subjectivity within it completely


what, we've had in the last 24 hours, the critical thing and why


we believe Gus O'Donnell was going to be quite critical. I saw people


from Downing Street on Thursday night, last night, when those first


editions were dropping, The Times and frbg T in particular which were


beginning to draw the link between some of this money and influence in


defence contracts -- FT -- at that toeupbt, you have the the


Ministerial Code of Conduct, the wrong-doing and perception of


wrong-doing. It was beginning to look like you have both those


things. Where does this leave the party, there are those on the right


saying they're being edged out and they're much more important in the


country, the Conservative Party in the country than they are in the


Cabinet? Certainly the Conservative Party will see in Liam Fox an


unashamed Conservative champion. But I don't think anybody can claim


that David Cameron was using this to get rid of a nasty right-winger.


But even so, they might say, David Davis is in the backbenches, John


Redwood is in the backbenches, talented people but none inside


Number 10? Yes, I have a feeling they won't. It remains to be seen


but it's not as if Philip Hammond is a kind of socialist in a suit. I


don't think that the political balance of the Government has


changed much. Bear in mind you had a speech from the Chancellor last


week at party conference where George Osborne was very clear about,


for instance, environmentalism, something that the right of the


party were at one stage worried that the leadership didn't reflect.


Now they are reflecting. We're seeing the dynamic of the Coalition


and we will see in the years to come it will increasingly, the


Tories will increasingly creep right purely as a sort of kind of


uncoupling at the head of the next election. Do you think then, the


implication was that, you're saying, Cameron handled it well. What the


about the re-shuffle, two women have been promoted with this?


That's right. David Cameron is in big trouble with women right now


and needs to make up and promote them. I don't think he promoted


Justine Greening for tokenistic reasons, she's an incredibly sharp


MP. I think the appointment of Philip Hammond in defence is


interesting. He isn't a guy who wakes up in the morning and puts on


Union Jack cuff links like Liam Fox did. He's a kind of Alastair


Darling figure, an accountant, that's his tkhaoepber, like a human


fire extinct wisher, sent there to calm this department -- demeanour.


Liam Fox did the hard stuff. He took the knocks, now the plan needs


to be implemented. Can I just make one observation about this re-


shuffle, not about women, which is it's qaoeult a George Osborne re-


shuffle, Philip Hammond was close to him. Justine, obviously, she's


the fifth member in the Treasury and now she's suddenly gone up to


being top of the Department for Transport, quite a meteoric rise,


she's good but it's traoebgs Lib Dem quick and now PPS to Osbourne


and he's somebody who has talked about Europe having to break up.


There are interesting sub stories. Do either of you think the story is


over? I very much doubt the Sunday papers won't have anything to say


about this. There are still unanswered questions about who was


funding Adam Werritty and why. I think when the report comes out on


Monday, I think Liam Fox will personally be in the clear. Indeed,


it's not over for Fox but it's probably over in terms of the


implications at the top of government. Thank you very much.


David grossman is here with a look at some of tomorrow's front pages


much You won't be surprised to hear they


all lead on the resignation of the Defence Secretary. The front page


of the Guardian "No more denials, fox quits." Co-written by one


Allegra Stratton whose sources have told her Werritty's evidence had


not impressed O'Donnell and the Cabinet secretary was concluded


that Fox had repeatedly broken the Ministerial Code. Rattling thrao.


Secret cash trail that meant Fox had to go. This was the crucial


development today, this donor saying Fox was solicting the


donations for Werritty. Going on the next paper we have


there, the FT "Werritty revelations claim Fox." That's those same


revelations and defenceless Liam Fox in the Independent.


The Times again "Hunted Fox." Final lit the Mirror, "Another fine


mess." Where they link Liam Fox and Oliver Letwin with his bins.


Thank you all very much. Now, that's all for Newsnight


tonight. Martha is up next with the review looking ahead to next week's


Man Booker Prize. Tomorrow Wales play France, the red dragon will be


flying above Downing Street and as they're the last home nation in the


All of the latest on Liam Fox's resignation, his time as defence secretary and the challenges which will face his successor. With Gavin Esler.

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