[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."FULL STORY