Liam Fox, MP for North Somerset, was knocked out of the contest for Tory leader last week, then supporting Theresa May, the leadership frontrunner. He could now be offered a new job as Mrs May announces her new cabinet soon.
Dr Fox, strongly in favour of Brexit, fought a short campaign to become Tory chief following the referendum result. He threw his hat in the ring on June 30, tweeting on Monday 4 July about the referendum result; “Last week we ushered in a new dawn for our country. We must approach it in a spirit of confidence, optimism & hope.”
Dr Fox said: “After we leave the EU we must have sufficient time to heal the divisions in our Party and in the country. We must go into the next election not as leavers and remainers but as united Conservatives.
“I intend to work closely with [Theresa May], to campaign for her, and to support her in any way that I can… I urge all of my colleagues, and the members of our Party outside Parliament, to do the same. I am confident that she will be a very fine Prime Minister of this country.”
This is the second time Dr Fox put himself forward for Conservative leadership, and he could now be looking forward to a top post in Theresa May’s new cabinet. Dr Liam Fox was first elected in 1992 and lives locally in Tickenham.
This article was updated on Wednesday 13 July to add a quote from Dr Fox and to reflect recent changes in the Tory party leadership