North Somerset MP axed from Government role

PUBLISHED: 17:32 24 July 2019 | UPDATED: 10:14 25 July 2019

Liam Fox arriving at 10 Downing Street for a cabinet meeting on Monday. Picture: Victoria Jones/PA Wire

Liam Fox arriving at 10 Downing Street for a cabinet meeting on Monday. Picture: Victoria Jones/PA Wire

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North Somerset MP Dr Liam Fox has been dumped from his role of Secretary of State for International Trade in Prime Minister Boris Johnson's new Government.

Dr Fox, a long-term Brexit supporter, had served under previous PM Theresa May since 2016, but was a big advocate of Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt in the Tory leadership contest.

In a statement, Dr Fox said: "Sadly, I will be leaving the Government. It has been a privilege to have served as Secretary of State for International Trade these past three years.

"I am proud to have worked with a tremendously talented Department for International Trade team to boost trade and investment and prepare for Brexit.

"The world-class trade department we have built leaves the UK uniquely well-positioned to forge our new trading relationships beyond Europe and create a truly Global Britain.

"But we must first undertake the momentous task of delivering on the instruction of the British people and leave the European Union. I look forward to supporting Boris Johnson and the government from the backbenches."

Mr Johnson was named the new Conservative Party leader on Tuesday after he achieved almost two-thirds of the vote of party members during the leadership contest.

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