Thursday, October 20, 2005

Liam Fox hits out at 'gay smears'.

http://www.thesun.co.uk/article/0,,2-2005480596,00.html

One of the candidates for the leadership of the UK Conservative Party is the right-wing Liam Fox.

Fox 'is transfixed by the US neocons and fantasises about creating a family-values religious right in Britain'.

Fox, aged 44, is dismissing 'gay smears'.

The Sun newspaper reports:

Tory leadership contender Liam Fox today hit out at gay “smears” just hours before the critical ballot of MPs.

Dr Fox did not directly answer questions about his sexuality in an interview with London’s Evening Standard.

But he said his recent engagement to cancer specialist Jesme Baird should end any gossip about his private life.

Dr Fox also appeared to take a swipe at favourite David Cameron’s refusal to say whether he has taken hard drugs.

“There are all sorts of smears going around and politicians should stick to the issue,” he told the paper.

“If someone accused me of doing something against the law I might feel bound to answer it.

“Otherwise I would have no comment to make."

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http://politics.guardian.co.uk/conservatives2005/story/0,16395,1584251,00.html

Polly Toynbee, in The Guardian, 4 October 2005, wrote:

As for Liam Fox, he is transfixed by the US neocons and fantasises about creating a family-values religious right in Britain.

He might be a surprise finisher if the Cornerstone group of 25 MPs swings behind him.

These moral rearmers are nicknamed the Tombstones: they would sink the party for another generation.

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http://news.independent.co.uk/uk/politics/article320816.ece

Dr Fox, a self-proclaimed Thatcherite, has set himself up as the most right wing of the contenders for the Tory crown. He has threatened to pull Britain out of Europe, and very publicly backed the decision to invade Iraq. He remains close to Margaret Thatcher...


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