5. Extracts from evidence provided
by Mr John Mann MP, 14 October 2011 |
Quotations from media articles
The Telegraph: 8 October 2011
"The Daily Telegraph has established that
Mr Werritty lived rent-free in Dr Fox's taxpayer-funded flat in
[London borough], London, in 2002 and 2003."
The Sunday Mirror: 9 October 2011
"But the trip was overshadowed by the row
over his relationship with Mr Werritty, 34, who use to live rent-free
with Dr Fox at his taxpayer-funded flat."
Daily Record: 9 October 2011
"The trip was overshadowed by the row over
his relationship with Werritty, 34, who use to live rent-free
with Fox, 50, in his London flat."
Daily Mail: undated
"2002 to 2003Werritty lived rent-free
in Fox's London flat"
Guardian: 7 October 2011
"The Guardian has established that Werritty
used Fox's room [number] in the MPs' block at Portcullis House
as the official headquarters of a rightwing charity, the Atlantic
Bridge, which works in conjunction with a major US business lobby
group. The office was provided to Fox at taxpayers' expense while
he was in opposition until last year."
Guardian: 5 October 2011
"The Atlantic Bridge, which had already been
suspended for promoting Conservative party policies in defiance
of regulations, was founded by Fox and run by his close friend
Screenshot from company check website
Director: Adam Werritty
Address: London [postcode]
[Text added by Mr Mann below screenshot] "I
understand that [postcode] is the postcode of Dr Fox's tax payer
funded second home.
Use of Parliamentary Office to run Atlantic Bridge
Breach of Rules
In your letter you ask 'which [rule] you believe
Dr Fox may have breached as a result of such an arrangement.'
The Members' Handbook notes that accommodation, including
offices and meeting rooms:
"...are provided in order to assist Members
in their parliamentary work. They should be used appropriately,
in such a way as to ensure that the reputation of the House is
not put at risk. They should not be used for party political campaigning
or private business activity."
Based in Parliament
In Dr Fox's entry to the Register of Members Interests
published in December 2003, he states:
"FOX, Dr. Liam (Woodspring)
4. Sponsorship or financial or material support
A researcher based in my office works exclusively
for the Atlantic Bridge, a UK-American think-tank of which I am
a founder member. In this role she receives funding from Pfizer
Inc. She has no function in any health role. (Registered 13
The section repeatedly appears, making its final
appearance in the register on 11 April 2005. The register printed
on 06 November 2005 omits this reference.
The researcher in this instance was not Mr Werritty
and can be identified by the Register of Interests of Members
Secretaries and Research Assistants4. The version published
on 12 December 2003 states that:
||I work exclusively for the Atlantic Bridge, a UK-American think-tank of which my sponsor, Dr Liam Fox, is a founder member. In this role I receive funding from Pfizer Inc. I have no function in any health role (Dr Fox is Shadow Secretary of State for Health).
There are no further entries in the Register of Members Interests
or the Register of Interests of Members' Secretaries and Research
Assistants relating to Atlantic Bridge.
However, the organisation's website [website address]
(now accessible though [website address]) lists its contact address
ADDRESSES [sic] UNITED KINGDOM UNITED
STATES OF AMERICA
The Atlantic Bridge The
Room [number], Portcullis House c/o
House of Commons [address]
Email: [email address]
There are other references to the Atlantic Bridge
being based in Dr Fox's office. For example, the American Legislative
Exchange Council (ALEC) lists Atlantic Bridge as an exhibitor
at its 2008 annual meeting:
The Atlantic Bridge is a nonpartisan,
nonprofit organization founded by Dr. Liam Fox MP, current British
Conservative Shadow Secretary for Defense. The Atlantic Bridge
seeks to nurture, strengthen and promote the special partnership
that exists between the UK and U.S. by reinvigorating the network
of conservative links that underpinned the Thatcher-Reagan relationship
of the 1980's.
Booth Number: [number]
[Name] Director of Operations The Atlantic
Room [number], Portcullis House
The House of Commons
Mobile Phone: [telephone number]
Business Phone: [telephone number]
From 2009 [name of Member of Parliament] states on
Received a bottle of whisky (value: £25) for
speaking at The Atlantic Bridge.
14 October 2011
73 This was London address 2 [see WE 8] which my inquiries
were to show was not the address of Dr Fox's London flat. Back
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