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Liam Fox: I have turned down Foreign Office job

Former Defence Secretary Liam Fox has revealed that he turned down the offer of a ministerial post in David Cameron's latest reshuffle of his top team.

Writing on his website, Dr Fox said: "I was honoured to be offered a post as Minister of State in the Foreign Office by the Prime Minister. I have turned it down."

Liam Fox said he wanted to stay on the backbenches to say 'what needs to be said' on key issues. Credit: PA

He said he wanted to focus on the issues that affect his North Somerset constituents, which he listed as "the economy, immigration and Europe".

Dr Fox also added that he did not want to "be distracted from what needs to be said on these matters" by taking on a ministerial role.

NHS 'should not have funding ring-fenced' after 2015

Special protections for NHS funding must end after the next general election in 2015, a leading Conservative backbencher has said.

Former defence secretary Liam Fox said Britain was lagging behind the rest of Europe in key areas like cancer and stroke outcome rates, and claimed the idea that ploughing money into the NHS improves standards had been "tested to destruction".

There was still "a huge amount of waste" in the NHS, Liam Fox has claimed. Credit: PA Wire

"The increase over the last decade has been phenomenal and yet a lot of our health indicators lag behind other countries, particular things like stroke outcome or a lot of cancer outcomes," Dr Fox told The Times newspaper.

"We've become obsessed with throughput and not outcomes and that has been hugely to the detriment of the patients in our system."

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MP claimed 3p for 100 metre car journey

Former defence secretary Liam Fox. Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Former defence secretary Liam Fox successfully claimed 3p of taxpayers' cash for a car journey of fewer than 100 metres, expenses documents show.

The Conservative MP made the claim after travelling 0.06 miles, or approximately 96.5 metres, within his North Somerset constituency from a concrete firm to a constituency surgery in Yatton in October 2012.

The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa) notes the claim was paid last December.

Mr Fox also had another 15 claims of under £1 for car travel approved in 2012/13.

Liam Fox urges party to unite against Afriyie

Conservative ex-defence secretary Liam Fox has urged the Tories to unite against the Afriyie amendment which he said was a "gift" to opponents of a referendum.

Fox to urge scrapping of protected spending

Then Defence Secretary Liam Fox pictured in 2011. Credit: Empics

Senior Conservative Liam Fox is expected to bring Tory austerity divisions to the fore today with a direct call for the Chancellor to drop protected spending for schools, aid and the NHS.

The former Defence Secretary's intervention, which comes less than a fortnight before George Osborne's Budget, echoes concerns raised by many of the party's backbenchers over the way funding has been ring-fenced for three Whitehall departments.

According to The Times, Dr Fox will say: "I believe that in leaving money in people's pockets, economic activity will follow. People will buy houses, invest for their future or just go shopping.

"We should gradually move towards the reduction - or even abolition - of the taxes where the state not only taxes the same money on multiple occasions but discourages the very behaviour that would lead to a more responsible society."

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PM hopes press regulation will reduce use of libel laws

The former Defence Secretary Liam Fox asked the Prime Minister whether he would address the issue of access to justice as well as press regulation.

He said he that anyone should have the ability to use the existing libel and defamation laws and not just the rich.

The Prime Minister said people "should be able to rely on a good regulatory system" to stop abuses happening before they reach court.

'Insufficient evidence' to prosecute Fox adviser

Following an investigation by City of London Police, we have decided that there is insufficient evidence to prosecute Mr Adam Werritty for any alleged offences.

The matters referred to us involved the alleged misuse of Mr Werritty's business cards and of funds donated to his business.

These are matters which have been widely reported. In accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors, we have advised City of London Police that there is insufficient evidence to provide a realistic prospect of conviction.

– Andrew Penhale, Crown Prosecution Service

'Conservative Voice will work with leadership'

Conservative Voice is the first political initiative in a very long time that provides a home for the professional and voluntary wings of the Conservative party and who are united in their belief in popular, radical conservatism.

Our aim is to encourage seriously ambitious policy development and to help improve the party's campaigning edge in really practical ways. Our approach is to work from inside the party and alongside the leadership, and to actively engage with think tanks, campaigning organisations, academics and business people.

– David Davis, MP
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