British defense minister resigns
British Defense Secretary Liam Fox addresses delegates at the Conservative Party Conference on October 5 in Manchester, England.
October 14th, 2011
11:54 AM ET

British defense minister resigns

[Updated at 11:43 a.m. ET] Liam Fox, Britain's defense minister, has resigned amid an uproar over a friend who worked as an adviser but didn't have an official governmental position.

"I mistakenly allowed the distinction between my personal interest and my Government activities to become blurred. The consequences of this have become clearer in recent days. I am very sorry for this," he said in a letter on Friday to Prime Minister David Cameron. He said he will continue to represent his constituents in North Somerset.

"I have also repeatedly said that the national interest must always come before personal interest. I now have to hold myself to my own standard. I have therefore decided, with great sadness, to resign from my post as Secretary of State for Defence - a position which I have been immensely proud and honored to have held."

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  1. s kel

    if LEEINTULSA WINS PRESIDENT HE WONT RESIGN--LEEINTULSA FOR PRES

    October 14, 2011 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    And a grass-roots movement is born!
    leeintulsa for President!

    Hi, s kel.

    October 14, 2011 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Andreas Moser

    I'll apply for the job.

    October 14, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  4. banasy©

    @Andreas Moser:

    Nope, that's for leeintulsa! You can be his running mate, though!

    October 14, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  5. George Patton

    Let's not feel too good about this piece of news as David Cameron will only put another sleazy, warmongering croney in his place! Then again, none of the British politicians are any good in the first place or so it seems!!!

    October 14, 2011 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joey Isotta-Fraschini

      Don't feel too bad, George. Italy's Silvio Berlusconi is no better and in fact, none of the current European leaders are any good but Berlusconi is especially disgusting. I prefer Mussolini to him any day!!!

      October 14, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Cythara

    As is predictable, CNN has not given you the full story, even when telling you it is giving you 'the full story'. Why? Because nasty old Israel rears its ugly mug again....Fox's friend was Adam Werrity, a known lobbyist for Israel. Quoting from The Guardian,

    "...senior figures inside Downing Street were worried that the former defence secretary's position had become untenable when fresh stories emerged in the first editions of newspapers on Thursday night. Cameron's team were alarmed that journalists had began to establish where the funding for Adam Werritty's lobbying activities had come from.

    The Times unearthed a corporate intelligence company with a close interest in Sri Lanka, a property investor who lobbies for Israel and a venture capitalist keen on strong ties to fund the £147,000 bill he notched up on travel and hotels, sometimes including first class travel and five-star hotels."

    October 14, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    NOT JIF at 2:13 PM.

    October 14, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Benito Mussolini

    No, sono sicuro che non era JIF. Lui non mai scrive cosi'.

    October 14, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Grazie, Duce.

    October 14, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Avser Bastian

    WALL STREET PROTESTS...NOT ANTI WALL-STREET AT ALL, BUT INSTEAD RACIALLY MOTIVATED AGAINST WHITES

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    FOR ENTIRE 66 YEARS, ON DAY TO DAY BASES, ALL THEY WERE DOING IS CRIME CONTEMPLATING AGAINST US INSIDE OF THEIR BACK OFFICE CUBICLES(on job torture/bullying/mobbing and forceful unemployment to progress humanity as Obama exclaimed over and over) PER EEOC AND NOW, THEY WANT YOU TO RAISE COMMUNIST FLAG UNDER AMERICAN SKY !!! ONE RACE; RAT RACE(Wall street protesters are Obama's army which spread from London per Zionist Washington DC and communist Moscow) !!!

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    October 15, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Avser Bastian

    WALL STREET PROTESTS...NOT ANTI WALL-STREET AT ALL, BUT INSTEAD RACIALLY MOTIVATED AGAINST WHITES

    THEY WERE MURDERING YOU WITH AND INSIDE OF THEIR CORPORATIONS FOR OVER 66 YEARS !!! THEY HAVE CLOSED DOWN ALMOST EVERY SMALL COMPANY IN UNITES STATES OF AMERICA AND NOW, THEY WANT YOU TO GO OUT THERE AND PROTEST FOR THEM AGAINST WALL STREET(corporations = Wall-street) !!!

    FOR ENTIRE 66 YEARS, ON DAY TO DAY BASES, ALL THEY WERE DOING IS CRIME CONTEMPLATING AGAINST US INSIDE OF THEIR BACK OFFICE CUBICLES(on job torture/bullying/mobbing and forceful unemployment to progress humanity as Obama exclaimed over and over) PER EEOC AND NOW, THEY WANT YOU TO RAISE COMMUNIST FLAG UNDER AMERICAN SKY !!! ONE RACE; RAT RACE(Wall street protesters are Obama's army which spread from London per Zionist Washington DC and communist Moscow) !!!

    WHEN YOU PROTEST(it is much more than just than necessarily), RAISE SIGNS HIGH SO WHOLE WORLD CAN SEE DISPLAYED I CITE, "66 YEARS OF GENOCIDE AGAINST WHITES IS NO LONGER ACCEPTABLE !!!"

    THIS INFORMATION WAS PROVIDED TO YOU BY WHITE AMERICAN REFUGEE !!!

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    October 15, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |