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allowing the sale of US defence equipment to Britain were relaxed.
Last Sunday, Downing Street was confronted with an array of developments, including: ŠWhitehall sources said Dr Fox had admitted a clear breach of the ministerial code by using Mr Werritty as his unpaid adviser without the Prime Minister’s permission. ŠLabour MP John Mann wrote to police saying they must investigate whether Mr Werritty committed “potential fraud” by misrepresenting his relationship with Dr Fox. ŠA £3.9 billion emergency bail-out for the Ministry of Defence, secured by Mr Fox before he quit, came to light, underlining the parlous state of the department’s finances. ŠAmanda Bowen, the American chief executive of Atlantic Bridge, Dr Fox’s think tank, told The Sunday Telegraph that the organisation’s British arm, whose sole employee was in fact Mr Werritty, “did nothing”
and was “a shell game” — a reference to a US-style street confidence trick.
Mr Mann has written to police demanding they investigate whether Mr Werritty committed a crime by calling himself Dr Fox’s adviser. Mr Mann said: “I referred the matter to the police to investigate whether there is a potential fraud.
“Mr Werritty gave out business cards saying he was an adviser to Dr Fox. If that is not the case and he was getting money — for whatever purpose — by misrepresenting his relationship with the Defence Secretary, that cannot be right.”
Sir Gus was completing an inquiry into links between the Defence Secretary and Mr Werritty over the weekend.
Cabinet officials were thought to have been alarmed by the information that has been uncovered, suggesting multiple breaches of Whitehall rules.
In his resignation letter, Dr Fox said he was “very sorry”. He said: “I have always placed
‘It’s Adam Werritty. Can he still come on the next foreign trip anyway?’
a great deal of importance on accountability and responsibility. I mistakenly allowed the distinction between my personal interest and my Government activities to become blurred. The consequences of this have become clearer in recent days.
“I have also repeatedly said that the national interest must always come before personal interest. I now have to hold myself to my own standard.”
Mr Cameron, who has had a volatile relationship with Dr Fox, thanked him for his service. In his letter, the Prime Minister said: “I understand your reasons for deciding to resign as Defence Secretary, although I am very sorry to see you go.”
Senior Downing Street sources stressed that Dr Fox had “come to the conclusion to resign himself”.
There was some concern in the Prime Minister’s office that Mr Cameron and Dr Fox were due to attend a military event on Sunday with members of the Royal family. It was feared this might have become a “media circus”.
Jim Murphy, the shadow defence secretary, said the resignation “was unavoidable and inevitable”. He said: “Throughout these events I haven’t called for Liam Fox’s resignation but just the full truth.”
Reports, page 4 Matthew d’Ancona, page 20
By Christopher Hope Whitehall Editor OLIVER LETWIN has claimed that he put private letters and other sensitive documents in park bins because they were “weighing him down”. Mr Letwin, the minister for government policy and a close friend of David Cameron, said he was “embarrassed” and “sincerely apologised”, pledging to stop “disposing of copies of documents and constituency correspondence in this way”.
It also emerged that Mr Letwin’s behaviour was being examined by the Information Commissioner’s Office amid suggestions that he may have breached data protection law. Mr Letwin was snapped by a tabloid paper on five days last month and this month in St James’s Park, Westminster, reading letters and other documents, then throwing them in public litter bins. In all, 100 documents were dumped during his regular early morning strolls near the Cabinet Office on Whitehall. Mr Letwin said: “I was walking around dictating responses and I did not want the paper to weigh me down. I apologise to constituents who wrote to me because, on reflection, I should not have disposed of them in that way.
Oliver Letwin struggles with his documents last week
‘This is the letter I wrote to Oliver Letwin about weekly bin collections’
“I apologise to those who were affected and I can understand their feelings. None of it was classified and none of the papers originated from the Government. It is embarrassing.’’
The documents included letters from ministers, MPs and constituents, and some were said to feature personal details like home addresses and telephone numbers.
By Nick Squires in Rome SILVIO BERLUSCONI survived a no-confidence vote by the tightest of margins last Friday, saving his government from collapse but leaving it struggling to legislate and paving the way for elections in spring, a year earlier than scheduled.
“accident” because some MPs arrived late.
While the vote gave Mr Berlusconi a reprieve, analysts said it would be only a matter of months before a new crisis hit. If Mr Berlusconi, who has an all-time low approval rating of 24 per cent, is forced to survive a confidence vote on every act of parliament, he will find it increasingly hard to govern.
The Italian prime minister, who is involved in sex scandals and three criminal trials, won the vote 316 for and 301 against. Had he lost the vote, he would have been forced to resign.
The result was in doubt until the last minute and even centre-Right members of the ruling coalition expressed uncertainty about whether the three-year-old administration deserved to survive.
One coalition MP, Francesco Nucara, told parliament he was voting to save the government for the country’s good, but expressed dissent with Mr Berlusconi’s choice of ministers. “You have put some people in your government who would not be worthy to be doorkeepers in some of your companies,” he said.
In a note to clients, Barclays Capital called the results “a confidence vote that doesn’t give much confidence.” Nicholas Spiro, of Spiro Sovereign Strategy in London, said: “In many ways, this is the worst possible outcome at a time when the eurozone itself is in disarray.
“It will do little to stop the rot and exposes Italy and the eurozone to further uncertainty.”
Mr Berlusconi told parliament last Thursday that the fall of his government would be “a victory for those who want to see [Italy] fall into decline, catastrophe and the kind of speculation we have seen for months in Europe and Italy”.
Pier Ferdinando Casini, the leader of an opposition party, said: “Berlusconi is the last of the Mohicans, the only one who believes that with 316 votes, he can solve his problems.”
Mr Berlusconi had to call the vote after his divided coalition failed to pass a routine budget measure on Tuesday last week — a result he tried to brush off as an
But anger with the government’s inept handling of the nation’s economic stagnation and its massive debt burden is spilling into the streets.
In Milan, students stormed the offices of Goldman Sachs, daubing anti-capitalist graffiti on the exterior, and violence erupted in Rome at the weekend during protests inspired by the Occupy Wall Street campaign in America.