Allegations in parliament over false claims on business cards

November 1, 2011 by  

Scandal is afoot in parliament as a friend of the Liam Fox, the former defence secretary, is being investigated for potential fraudulent actions.

Adam Werritty is the man at the centre of these allegations, which range from stating that Werritty was taken on overseas business trips by Liam Fox, to accusations of fraudulent use of a fictional title that was printed on business cards, announcing that he was an advisor to the recently-resigned defence secretary. Werrity and Fox had been friends for 13 years.

Liam Fox, the MP at the centre of the scandal that centres on the fraudulent business card printing, is East Kilbride born and bred. Despite this fact, his attempt to become an MP in Scotland was unsuccessful and he instead won elections in England. Fox recently resigned from his post as Secretary of State for Defence due to the allegations about his relationship with Werrity.

Fox gave a statement to the House of Commons, saying

“I accept that it was a mistake to allow distinctions to be blurred between my professional responsibilities and my personal loyalty to a friend.”

Werrity and Fox also set up a charity called Atlantic Bridge which conducted research into the political relationship between the UK and America. This charity, of which Werrity was the only employee, has since shut down and been taken off the Charity Commissions register.

Liam Fox resigned on 14th October by sending a letter to David Cameron, explaining his reasons to the Prime Minister.