Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade

The Rt Hon Liam Fox MP


Liam Fox was appointed Secretary of State for International Trade on 13 July 2016. He was elected as the Conservative MP for North Somerset in 1992.

Liam attended school at St Bride’s High School before studying medicine at the University of Glasgow Medical School, graduating with MB ChB degrees in 1983.

Political career

Liam held several ministerial roles in John Major’s Conservative government. He served as Constitutional Affairs Spokesman (1998-1999), Shadow Health Secretary (1999-2003), Conservative Party chairman (2003-05), Shadow Foreign Secretary (2005) and Shadow Defence Secretary (2005-10). In 2010, he was appointed Secretary of State for Defence, a position from which he resigned on 14 October 2011.

Career outside politics

Liam worked as a GP before his election to Parliament and is a former Civilian Army Medical Officer and Divisional Surgeon with St John Ambulance.

Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade

The Secretary of State has overall responsibility for the business of the department.

The Secretary of State is the Departmental lead on trade and investment promotion in the defence and security sector.

Previous roles in government

  1. Secretary of State for Defence

    • 2010 to 2011


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