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

The Rt Hon Liam Fox MP

Biography

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

Announcements

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  1. UKEF launches enhanced overseas investment insurance product to protect UK businesses investing abroad

    • Press release
  2. International Trade Secretary announces increasing financial support for UK businesses to trade with South Africa and Mozambique

    • Press release
  3. Shipping industry is keystone of global trade

    • Speech
  4. Brexit Britain will have the world's best maritime industry

    • News story
  5. Britain's second aircraft carrier named in Rosyth

    • News story
  6. UK and Japan: Prime Minister's visit 2017

    • News story
  7. International Trade Secretary showcases the best of British business in Japan

    • Press release
  8. PM heads to Japan to build strong post-Brexit relationship with Tokyo

    • Press release
  9. PM marks £1.7bn funding to help businesses export post-Brexit

    • Press release
  10. Chief Trade Negotiation Adviser starts at the Department for International Trade

    • Press release