Liam Fox: A doctor in parliament
Liam Fox is a politician and former general practitioner
After graduating from the University of Glasgow, I worked in medicine for long enough to become a partner in general practice, or family medicine. I became involved with the Conservative party and debating at Glasgow but didn’t have a clear timetable at that point to become a politician. A few years later I wrote a pamphlet of which Conservative leader Margaret Thatcher must have approved because I was asked to contribute to her speeches. Not that much of what I wrote was ever used—I could publish a book of all the things I wrote that Margaret Thatcher didn’t say.
I think I left medicine at the right stage in my career. As a consequence I’ve been lucky enough to have had two hugely enjoyable and rewarding careers.
I should probably declare an interest first as my wife is a lung cancer specialist and medical director of the Roy Castle Lung