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Defence chief’s pal 'fixed MoD meeting for technology firm'

By Oliver Wright

Adam Werritty, a self-styled adviser and former flatmate of Liam Fox, arranged a meeting with the Defence Secretary for a company interested in selling technology to the Ministry of Defence (MoD), it has been alleged.

The meeting, which took place in a Dubai hotel in June without any officials present, apparently centred on voice-encryption technology which the company, the Porton Group, was interested in demonstrating to the MoD.

The alleged subject of the meeting suggests that Mr Werritty, who was Mr Fox's best man at his wedding, was able to arrange access to the minister for private companies on matters where they could gain commercially.

It also seems to contradict statements by the Ministry of Defence which suggested Mr Werritty had never been involved in official MoD business. Under the terms of the Ministerial Code, “ministers must ensure that no conflict arises, or could reasonably be perceived to arise, between their public duties and their private interests”.

Parliamentary answers have revealed that Mr Werritty visited Mr Fox at the MoD 14 times in the space of 16 months.

Mr Werritty also joined the Defence Secretary on an official visit to Sri Lanka, despite Mr Fox having previously said Mr Werritty did not travel with him on official visits overseas.

The MoD declined to comment.

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