Cameron backs Liam Fox

Kasmira Jefford
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PRIME MINISTER David Cameron said yesterday that Liam Fox made “serious mistakes” in his dealings with Adam Werritty but backed his embattled defence secretary pending a full report into his conduct.

Cameron’s comments came after an interim report on Fox’s ties with Werritty – a close friend who has no official post within the government – found that the two men had met 40 times over the past 18 months, which was more than previously acknowledged. At least one meeting involving a foreign official was “inappropriate”.

A spokesperson for the Prime Minister said: “It is clear ... that serious mistakes were made in allowing the distinction between professional responsibilities and personal loyalties to be blurred”, raising concerns of conflicts of interest.

Cameron’s office said his “support still stands” at least until the full report is published later this month.