Liam Fox's position 'increasingly precarious'

Liam Fox Mr Fox insists Mr Werritty does not work for him officially or unofficially

Well placed sources believe that Liam Fox's position is looking increasingly precarious.

However, I am told - both by his aides and by the prime minister's - that there is no chance of him resigning tonight.

Every night this week has meant a nervous wait for Mr Fox for the first editions of the papers. Tonight it is the Times which is causing them particular concern.

I hear rumours that the paper will reveal more about who funded Mr Werritty.

Mr Fox's team have not yet seen the story but are likely to respond, as they have throughout this saga, by stating that Werritty was not an official or an unofficial adviser to the defence secretary. Fox's position 'increasingly precarious'

It is increasingly clear that it is money not sex or innuendo that may prove to be Mr Fox's undoing.

Sir Gus O'Donnell's report is expected to come out early next week but could come as early as tomorrow if he concludes that the defence secretary's position is untenable.

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    Comment number 142.

    133 meninwhitecoats

    "The membership is in the post [not] - never thought you would be accused of that."

    Me neither, but we live in dark and disturbing times on here.

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    Comment number 141.

    So much for "there is no chance of him resigning tonight". He just resigned.

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    Comment number 140.


    Agreed. The shining lights, those who go the extra mile are the exception these days, unfortunately, but they are still there, in spite of everything.

    Until you come to very near the end and then suddenly, almost nothing is too much to ask from everybody, except for a cure. Odd how you can be afforded some degree of dignity in death, but not always in care when you really need it...

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    Comment number 139.

    I've seen this sort of thing with my parents, care bordering on callousness, patients viewed as bed blockers to be processed not cared for.

    Of course there are still some shining beacons but when medicine became a profession rather than a vocation something was lost.

    Harder still for you to take in I would guess in such circumstances.

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    Comment number 138.

    Ah, I see he's resigned. New blog please Nick. And maybe, we can get back to the more important business of government now instead of Westminster Tall Poppy Syndrome?

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    Comment number 137.


    Thank you for your kind words chaps; C-diff was what took her in the end and I'm afraid as much as some of us might not want to believe it, that stuff can have a devastating effect on immuno-comprimised patients. She was gone in six days. And, what the CQC referred to, I saw, on her ward. Coats, you sum it up well. Thats the long and short of it, unfortunately.

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    Comment number 136.

    I am surprised considering the way in which Nick Robinson normally reports on politicians that he is so polite in his assessments. I feel he needs to be more analytic here.

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    Comment number 135.

    There is almost a need to have carers and nurses in hospitals - nurses now think they are too qualified to do the menial tasks and a lot of people vocationally suited to the profession are put off by the degree requirement of the profession.

    Basic lack of care results in extended stays and repeat visits, which undermines any efficiency drives.

    Very sorry to hear of your problems.

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    Comment number 134.

    Fuber 131

    Been off the pace until recently and hadn't picked up your loss. Sincere condolences old friend.


    Mr. N

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    Comment number 133.

    "That's right. Anyone reading my posts will know I am a Labour supporter. 110%."

    The membership is in the post [not] - never thought you would be accused of that.

  • rate this

    Comment number 132.


    Oh for heavens sake. More Chapeau's d' Bacofoil required please....

  • rate this

    Comment number 131.


    I'm afraid he's right, its far too big a ship to turn round in 18 months, especially when cultural stuff has taken root. Its not the done thing to criticise front line NHS workers, but this problem as highlighted by the CQC is endemic and it started with nursing becoming a profession, I saw this stuff happen whilst my wife was dying in hospital recently and I've no reason to lie about it.

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    Comment number 130.

    Oh for actual new politics, without the history, without the baggage, without the links to vested interests of one ilk or another.

    Government for the people, by the people; as if; if its not contacts its special interests or saying / spending whatever it takes to get re-elected.

    Isn't it time we tore up the entire mess and started again, with something that works for this century?

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    Comment number 129.

    The media never fail to amuse with their hypocrisy - "Is the story getting in the way of Dr Fox doing his job?"; then back to trying to push the story.

    Let's here the facts -it seems MR Werrity has profited from using his connections with Dr Fox to attempt to influence policy (and to use that connection to influence others). If this is so, Dr Fox has committed a gross error, meriting resignation.

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    Comment number 128.


    I'm all fot this "clear desk" directive. Don't tel saga but I think it was a GB initivive. It started when he cleaned out all the gold from the vaults:-)

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    Comment number 127.

    If we gave you £38 bn would you stop going on about it ?
    We? Labour?

    If Labour gave me £38bn of someone else's money?

    You've said it all there

    That's right. Anyone reading my posts will know I am a Labour supporter. 110%. No question.

    Just like they can draw "110%-No question" conclusions about you from your posts .....

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    Comment number 126.

    07: ihopethisoneworks.

    The question was about political influence not party donations (different can of worms), and I don't think anyone could suggest that the unions do not have/seek to have political influence over their own party. I'm not saying whether I think it's right or wrong, just that it happens on all sides and that we shouldn't be too selective when throwing the muck around.

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    Comment number 125.

    Fox certainly has brass neck even though he has no integrity. But that's the neo-con way - bit like skilled criminals really - deny deny deny, no not me guv.

    What a tawdry tale ! Dave Dolittle does nothing because he is all part of it like William 'let's go to war' Hague and the rest of them.

    Not proven hangs over the Libdems, but give it time.........give it time.........

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    Comment number 124.


    I see where you're coming from. Mind you, you would then need to remove George Osbourne and replace him with Ed Balls who's much better qualified.

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    Comment number 123.

    Mr N @122

    In the interests of balance, I should point out he did remove the red tape before binning the documents.


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