Sir Liam Fox slams Chris Skidmore as ‘disloyal’ and ‘self-indulgent’ for resigning

Sir Liam Fox slams Chris Skidmore as ‘disloyal’ and ‘self-indulgent’ for resigning
Georgia Pearce

By Georgia Pearce

Published: 08/01/2024

- 07:34

He also said Lib Dem leader Sir Ed Davey has questions to answer about the Post Office scandal

Sir Liam Fox has branded Chris Skidmore “disloyal” and “self-indulgent” for resigning in protest at the Government’s energy plans.

He told GB News: “I think he's wrong on substance. Energy security for the country is about ensuring that we've got sufficient variety in the sources of our energy.

“We're going to have to use oil and gas for a long time, even if we decarbonise our economy, and therefore it makes sense to have security of supply and not be dependent on someone else to supply it but to have it for ourselves. I think that is good governance, the Prime Minister is right on that.

“And then I think there's the second issue. If your seat is being abolished in the boundary changes, which Chris Skidmore’s is, and you cause an unnecessary by-election, it's not only costing taxpayers money, it's a slap in the face to your own party workers who've loyally tried to get you elected over the years, to your parliamentary colleagues and the wider party, and I think it's self-indulgent and I think it's disloyal.”

In a discussion with Camilla Tominey, he also criticised Liberal Democrat leader Sir Ed Davey over his role in the Post Office scandal.

He said: “If it was credible, that you had an outbreak of criminality amongst sub-postmasters without questioning that - and I think part of the problem is this: if the choice is between people and IT and you presume that the IT is correct, not the people, that's a problem.

“He will have to explain in the House of Commons the decisions he took at the time, or the decisions he didn't take at the time, and why he thought that if officials tell you that there's a big outbreak of criminality you simply accept that.”


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