Final demise of Liam Fox’s neocon charity

By staff

A Labour minister is demanding answers after a charity set up by Liam Fox was disbanded.

The Atlantic Bridge, a body which sought to 'strengthen the special relationship' as established between Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan in the 1980s, was removed from the Charity Commission's register on Friday, the Guardian reported.

The commission had attacked the charity, set up by Mr Fox in 1997, for being focused on promoting a political policy "closely associated with the Conservative party".

The Atlantic Bridge's trustees decided to wind the organisation up rather than address the commission's concerns.

Former armed forces minister Kevan Jones said questions needed to be answered about the role of Mr Fox and Adam Werritty, the charity's only employee. Mr Werritty had served as Mr Fox's best man.

"David Cameron has talked about transparency and openness but that is being undermined by Liam Fox," he told the newspaper.

"This raises yet more questions about the connection between Fox and Werritty and people will expect full answers sooner rather than later.

"We need to be clear that the activities of the Atlantic Bridge had nothing to do with Liam Fox's activities as secretary of state for defence."

The Atlantic Bridge website has been reduced to a homepage stating simply: "This site is currently being updated."