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Report concludes Fox breached ministerial code

A report into the former defence secretary, Liam Fox's conduct has concluded that he did 'breach the ministerial code' and displayed a 'failure of judgment'.

The report was undertaken by the cabinet secretary Sir Gus O'Donnell. In it, he writes,

"Dr Fox's actions clearly constitute a breach of the ministerial code which Dr Fox has already acknowledged. This was a failure of judgment on his part for which he has taken the ultimate responsibility in resigning office."

Officials at Number 10, have remarked that the report findings would have made Fox's role as secretary of defence untenable, had he not resigned.

The findings come as it emerged that Fox had prevented civil servants from attending key meetings where Werritty had been present, as well as failing to inform his permanent secretary that he had solicited finances to fund Werritty's trip by his side.