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 is the Conservative MP for North Somerset.

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 is responsible for the work of the Department for International Trade, including:

  • developing, co-ordinating and delivering a new trade and investment policy to promote UK business across the globe
  • developing and negotiating free trade agreements and market access deals with non-EU countries
  • negotiating plurilateral trade deals (focused on specific sectors or products)
  • providing operational support for exports and facilitating inward and outward investment

Previous roles in government

  1. Secretary of State for Defence

    • 2010 to 2011


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  1. Liam Fox's speech at the Qatar-UK Trade and Investment Conference

    • Speech
  2. Qatar trade event underlines government commitment to an economy that works for all parts of uk

    • Press release
  3. UK and New Zealand reaffirm commitment to global trade liberalisation

    • News story
  4. Commonwealth trade ministers meeting: towards a free trading future

    • Speech
  5. Liam Fox looks forward to ‘strengthening foundations’ at first ever Commonwealth trade ministers’ meeting

    • Press release
  6. Britain is open for business: a commitment to open trade

    • Speech
  7. Liam Fox's speech at the Civil Nuclear Showcase 2017

    • Speech
  8. Liam Fox speech welcoming Indian Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley, to the London Stock Exchange

    • Speech
  9. Historic WTO agreement will reduce exporting red tape and boost UK trade

    • Press release
  10. UK firms secure lucrative ‘green’ construction contract with government support

    • Press release