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Police investigate death threat sent to North Somerset MP

Dr Fox is International Trade Secretary and President of the Board of Trade. Credit: PA

Police are investigating a death threat sent to the MP for North Somerset, Liam Fox.

The threat was in an email sent to Dr Fox, who is also the International Trade Secretary and a prominent Brexiteer.

His team aren't commenting on who specifically was mentioned in the email.

It's the latest in a string of threats sent to politicians.

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North Somerset MP Liam Fox remains as International Trade Minister

The Somerset MP Liam Fox has been reappointed International Trade Secretary as part of a Cabinet reshuffle this afternoon.

Credit: PA

Dr Fox appeared in a confident mood as he arrived at Number 10 to to be confirmed in the position.

On Thursday he was re-elected as Conservative MP for North Somerset with a majority of more than 17 thousand votes. He's held the seat and its predecessor since 1992.

Dr Fox was first made Trade Secretary last July and is also President of the Board of Trade.

Liam Fox knocked out of Tory race

North Somerset MP Liam Fox has been knocked out in the first round of the race to be Conservative Party leader.

The former Defence Secretary was one of 5 candidates bidding to succeed David Cameron, who quit after Britain's vote to leave the EU.

Liam Fox MP, Tory leadership contender Credit: Liam Fox

The full results of the first round in the Conservative leadership vote are:

Theresa May 165, Andrea Leadsom 66, Michael Gove 48, Stephen Crabb 34, Liam Fox.

Here's what Dr Fox had to say outside Westminster following the result:

Dear All,

I am very grateful to those colleagues who supported me in the ballot today.

Naturally, I am disappointed not to progress further but I do not regret standing in this contest. I felt it was vital to stress the importance of national security in this debate and the need for a clear path to our exit from the European Union. I hope I have achieved both these objectives.

I have also sought to stress the need for experience as the successful candidate will have to take up the reins of government in less than 9 weeks.

Best,

Liam

– Liam Fox MP, Conservative leadership contender

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Tory leadership race - who are our MPs supporting?

The runners - Liam Fox, Theresa May, Stephen Crabb, Andrea Leadsom and Michael Gove Credit: PA

This is our understanding of who our MPs from the West are backing in the Tory leadership contest.

Voting closes at 6 pm tonight (Tues 5 July):

  • Theresa May - Robert Buckland (S Swindon), Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswolds), Neil Carmichael (Stroud), Alex Chalk (Cheltenham), Richard Graham (Gloucester), Ben Howlett (Bath), Claire Perry (Devizes).
  • Michael Gove - Jack Lopresti (Filton & Bradley Stoke), Jacob Rees-Mogg (NE Somerset).
  • Stephen Crabb - John Glen (Salisbury), James Heappey (Wells), Luke Hall (Thornbury & Yate), Simon Hoare (N Dorset), Chris Skidmore (Kingswood).
  • Andrea Leadsom - James Gray (N Wilts), Charlotte Leslie (Bristol NW), Andrew Murrison (SW Wilts), Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury)
  • Liam Fox (N Somerset) is presumably voting for himself!
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