In the run-up to NATO’s Riga Summit, Dr Liam Fox delivered this landmark speech on Conservative Party policy towards the Alliance. He addressed the fundamental question of the type of security arrangements required to meet current and emerging threats and the contribution that NATO can make. He also commented on how the Alliance might do more to improve relations with the Arab world and whether it has a part to play in responding to the challenges of energy security.
Dr Fox was first elected as the Member of Parliament for Woodspring in April 1992. He became Minister at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1996 and was appointed Opposition Front Bench Spokesman on Constitutional Affairs in June 1997, before serving as Shadow Secretary of State for Heath from May 1999 to November 2003. In May 2005 he was appointed Shadow Foreign Secretary and, in December 2005, Shadow Secretary of State for Defence. He was educated at St Bride's High School, East Kilbride and University of Glasgow where he studied medicine.