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allowing the sale of US defence equipment to Britain were relaxed.
Last Sunday, Downing Street was confronted with an array of developments, including: ŠWhitehall sources said Dr Fox had admitted a clear breach of the ministerial code by using Mr Werritty as his unpaid adviser without the Prime Minister’s permission. ŠLabour MP John Mann wrote to police saying they must investigate whether Mr Werritty committed “potential fraud” by misrepresenting his relationship with Dr Fox. ŠA £3.9 billion emergency bail-out for the Ministry of Defence, secured by Mr Fox before he quit, came to light, underlining the parlous state of the department’s finances. ŠAmanda Bowen, the American chief executive of Atlantic Bridge, Dr Fox’s think tank, told The Sunday Telegraph that the organisation’s British arm, whose sole employee was in fact Mr Werritty, “did nothing”
and was “a shell game” — a reference to a US-style street confidence trick.
Mr Mann has written to police demanding they investigate whether Mr Werritty committed a crime by calling himself Dr Fox’s adviser. Mr Mann said: “I referred the matter to the police to investigate whether there is a potential fraud.
“Mr Werritty gave out business cards saying he was an adviser to Dr Fox. If that is not the case and he was getting money — for whatever purpose — by misrepresenting his relationship with the Defence Secretary, that cannot be right.”
Sir Gus was completing an inquiry into links between the Defence Secretary and Mr Werritty over the weekend.
Cabinet officials were thought to have been alarmed by the information that has been uncovered, suggesting multiple breaches of Whitehall rules.
In his resignation letter, Dr Fox said he was “very sorry”. He said: “I have always placed
‘It’s Adam Werritty. Can he still come on the next foreign trip anyway?’
a great deal of importance on accountability and responsibility. I mistakenly allowed the distinction between my personal interest and my Government activities to become blurred. The consequences of this have become clearer in recent days.
“I have also repeatedly said that the national interest must always come before personal interest. I now have to hold myself to my own standard.”
Mr Cameron, who has had a volatile relationship with Dr Fox, thanked him for his service. In his letter, the Prime Minister said: “I understand your reasons for deciding to resign as Defence Secretary, although I am very sorry to see you go.”
Senior Downing Street sources stressed that Dr Fox had “come to the conclusion to resign himself”.
There was some concern in the Prime Minister’s office that Mr Cameron and Dr Fox were due to attend a military event on Sunday with members of the Royal family. It was feared this might have become a “media circus”.
Jim Murphy, the shadow defence secretary, said the resignation “was unavoidable and inevitable”. He said: “Throughout these events I haven’t called for Liam Fox’s resignation but just the full truth.”
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By Christopher Hope Whitehall Editor OLIVER LETWIN has claimed that he put private letters and other sensitive documents in park bins because they were “weighing him down”. Mr Letwin, the minister for government policy and a close friend of David Cameron, said he was “embarrassed” and “sincerely apologised”, pledging to stop “disposing of copies of documents and constituency correspondence in this way”.
It also emerged that Mr Letwin’s behaviour was being examined by the Information Commissioner’s Office amid suggestions that he may have breached data protection law. Mr Letwin was snapped by a tabloid paper on five days last month and this month in St James’s Park, Westminster, reading letters and other documents, then throwing them in public litter bins. In all, 100 documents were dumped during his regular early morning strolls near the Cabinet Office on Whitehall. Mr Letwin said: “I was walking around dictating responses and I did not want the paper to weigh me down. I apologise to constituents who wrote to me because, on reflection, I should not have disposed of them in that way.
Oliver Letwin struggles with his documents last week
‘This is the letter I wrote to Oliver Letwin about weekly bin collections’
“I apologise to those who were affected and I can understand their feelings. None of it was classified and none of the papers originated from the Government. It is embarrassing.’’
The documents included letters from ministers, MPs and constituents, and some were said to feature personal details like home addresses and telephone numbers.
By Nick Squires in Rome SILVIO BERLUSCONI survived a no-confidence vote by the tightest of margins last Friday, saving his government from collapse but leaving it struggling to legislate and paving the way for elections in spring, a year earlier than scheduled.
“accident” because some MPs arrived late.
While the vote gave Mr Berlusconi a reprieve, analysts said it would be only a matter of months before a new crisis hit. If Mr Berlusconi, who has an all-time low approval rating of 24 per cent, is forced to survive a confidence vote on every act of parliament, he will find it increasingly hard to govern.
The Italian prime minister, who is involved in sex scandals and three criminal trials, won the vote 316 for and 301 against. Had he lost the vote, he would have been forced to resign.
The result was in doubt until the last minute and even centre-Right members of the ruling coalition expressed uncertainty about whether the three-year-old administration deserved to survive.
One coalition MP, Francesco Nucara, told parliament he was voting to save the government for the country’s good, but expressed dissent with Mr Berlusconi’s choice of ministers. “You have put some people in your government who would not be worthy to be doorkeepers in some of your companies,” he said.
In a note to clients, Barclays Capital called the results “a confidence vote that doesn’t give much confidence.” Nicholas Spiro, of Spiro Sovereign Strategy in London, said: “In many ways, this is the worst possible outcome at a time when the eurozone itself is in disarray.
“It will do little to stop the rot and exposes Italy and the eurozone to further uncertainty.”
Mr Berlusconi told parliament last Thursday that the fall of his government would be “a victory for those who want to see [Italy] fall into decline, catastrophe and the kind of speculation we have seen for months in Europe and Italy”.
Pier Ferdinando Casini, the leader of an opposition party, said: “Berlusconi is the last of the Mohicans, the only one who believes that with 316 votes, he can solve his problems.”
Mr Berlusconi had to call the vote after his divided coalition failed to pass a routine budget measure on Tuesday last week — a result he tried to brush off as an
But anger with the government’s inept handling of the nation’s economic stagnation and its massive debt burden is spilling into the streets.
In Milan, students stormed the offices of Goldman Sachs, daubing anti-capitalist graffiti on the exterior, and violence erupted in Rome at the weekend during protests inspired by the Occupy Wall Street campaign in America. telegraph.co.uk/expat
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By Martin Evans and Gordon Rayner JOANNA YEATES fought a desperate struggle for survival, suffering 43 separate injuries at the hands of her “cold and calculated” killer, a court heard last week.
The 25-year-old landscape architect endured a slow and painful death as she was strangled by her neighbour, Vincent Tabak, the jury was told. The 6ft 4in Dutch engineer was said to have overpowered Miss Yeates, who would have been fighting desperately for breath.
Nigel Lickley QC, prosecuting, has not offered any explanation of why Tabak attacked his neighbour at her flat in Clifton, Bristol, on Dec 17 last year. But he painted a graphic picture of how Miss Yeates met her death, saying that she had 43 injuries across her body, including abrasions and bruises to her head, neck, chest, arms and legs.
She suffered a fracture to her nose, while marks on her wrists indicated that she had been gripped powerfully during the struggle, the jury was told.
“It was a dynamic situation, with movement,” said Mr Lickley. “They struggled — a violent struggle by Miss Yeates to survive.”
He said abrasions to her skin suggested “contact with the floor, ground or other roughened surface” while she was alive.
“He might have let go but he did not,” Mr Lickley said. “Miss Yeates would have found it difficult to breathe. You would expect her to resist and struggle. It took some time and sufficient force was used to kill her. There was no sign of use of a ligature.
“We suggest he did not panic or lose control. He was cold and calculated.”
The jury was also told that Tabak’s DNA was discovered under Miss Yeates’s bra when her frozen body was found in a country lane on Christmas morning.
Her pink top had been pushed up, partly exposing one of her breasts.
The defendant’s DNA was also found on her jeans, underneath her knees, a likely indication of where he had carried her body, Mr Lickley said.
Miss Yeates’s parents, who had wept in court on the first day of the trial, were not present to hear details of the post-mortem examination conducted on their daughter’s body.
The court had earlier heard that less than an hour after “squeezing the life out” of Miss Yeates, Tabak sent his girlfriend, Tanja Morson, a text message that read: “Miss you loads. It’s boring here without you Vxx”.
He then went shopping in a branch of Asda, where he bought beer, crisps and rock salt for spreading on ice.
The jury was told that Miss Yeates’s body was probably in the car Tabak was driving at the time. Bloodstains were found in the boot of the Renault Megane, which belonged to Miss Morson.
Jurors were also shown photographs of the area where Miss Yeates’s body was discovered, including bloodstains on a wall directly above her corpse.
A Home Office pathologist who examined the scene said the blood indicated that there had been a failed attempt to place the body over the wall.
Following his arrest on suspicion of murder, Tabak initially refused to make any
Joanna Yeates, left, was killed by Vincent Tabak, right, who allegedly went shopping while her body was in his girlfriend’s car, far right. Top, Joanna’s living room, still decorated with Christmas tinsel comment to police. However, he later said he did not know his neighbour and denied having seen her on the night she went missing.
In his police statement he also admitted eating a pizza on the evening of Dec 17. Miss Yeates bought a Tesco Finest pizza shortly before she was killed. The pizza and the packaging have never been found.
However, post-mortem tests proved that she had not eaten it. Tabak denies murder but admits manslaughter and the court was given its first indication of his version of events.
Addressing the jurors William Clegg QC, defending, asked them to pay particular attention to the view from the kitchen window.
He suggested that this would become significant as the case developed.
He also asked them to note the distance from Miss Yeates’s flat and another property from which a couple attending a party had heard screams.
“It is the defence case the scream that was heard was not connected to this event at all,” Mr Clegg said.
Jurors last week were offered an insight into the life she lived with Greg Reardon, as they visited the flat where the couple had lived.
Travelling from Bristol Crown Court in a coach with blacked-out windows, the six men and six women retraced Miss Yeates’s last steps as she made her way home from an after-work drink on the fateful evening. They then filed sombrely into Flat 1, 44 Canynge Road, where they were met with a series of reminders of a vibrant young life cut short.
Mr Reardon had been back in the intervening months to collect his belongings, but clearly found it too painful to remove many of his girlfriend’s. In the living room of the one-bedroom flat, tinsel decorated a lamp stand and curtain rail, while wrapping paper and a box of Christmas crackers lay unopened.
Two sofas faced towards the spot where the couple’s television set had been and where they had planned to watch the final of The Apprentice.
The trial continues.
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conference centre to host leaders from around the world. But last weekend, the centre of Sirte, birthplace of the former Libyan leader, which was lavished with money and attention for that reason, was a squalid ruin where a pocket of diehard Gaddafi loyalists slogged it out in a desperate, destructive attempt to delay their inevitable defeat.
The shattered buildings and wreckage of oncecomfortable homes were visible for all to see. After nine days of intense bombardment, they were reminiscent of Grozny towards the end of Russia’s bloody Chechen war.
The area around the streets where between 200 and 500 loyalists were holding out became a killing ground, with loyalists, civilians and troops from the new Libyan government dying. William Hague, the Foreign
Secretary, last week told MPs that Britain’s military operations in Libya would continue as long as the country’s interim leaders needed them.
“Nato agreed that the positive trend in Libya is irreversible, but that not all Libya’s population is yet safe from attack,” he said. “We will continue operations to enforce United Nations Security Council resolution 1973 for as long as is necessary at the request of the National Transitional Council (NTC).”
British forces have flown 3,000 sorties, damaging or destroying 1,000 Gaddafi regime targets, since March, he added.
Uncertainty still surrounded the whereabouts of Mutassim Gaddafi, the ousted dictator’s son, after conflicting reports from the NTC. Claims that Mutassim, national security adviser to his father’s government, had been seized trying to flee Sirte were denied by officials and could not be independently verified.
Fighting broke out in Tripoli for the first time in more than a month last Friday, as revolutionaries clashed with gunmen chanting in support of Gaddafi. Rebel fighters converged on the southern neighbourhood of Abu Salim after armed men tried to hold a protest in favour of the ousted dictator.
The clash was the first sign of armed resistance to the NTC in Tripoli since the city was overrun by anti-Gaddafi revolutionaries in late August. Fighters pursued the protesters, prompting street battles, though there was no report of casualties.
Ahmad al-Warsly, of the Zintan brigade, said: “It seems like it was organised. They were planning to have a big demonstration, then the fight started.”
By James Hall Consumer Affairs Editor BRITAIN’S big energy companies are making profit margins of £125 a year from every household, up from just £15 in June, according the energy regulator.
The eight-fold increase follows recent above-inflation rises in household energy bills and has led to accusations that the energy firms are profiting from consumers’ difficulties.
Ofgem, which said the average annual gas and electricity bill is now £1,345 per household, has called for “radical reform” in the way that the so-called big six energy companies deal with their customers. The regulator has instructed them to make it easier for consumers to compare prices and switch suppliers.
Chris Huhne, the Energy Secretary, called the energy companies to an emergency summit in London on Monday, where he was expected tell them to help consumers save money.
Tim Yeo MP, the chairman of the energy and climate change select committee, said pressure on the big six – British Gas, Scottish Power, Scottish & Southern Energy, EDF, E.on and Npower – was “hotting up”.
He said he would back a competition commission inquiry into the companies if they fail to simplify tariffs for families.
“I am not saying that they are doing anything illegal, and obviously operating a cartel is illegal. But effectively when you have six very dominant players, for the consumer it has all the characteristics of a cartel,” said Mr Yeo.
Under the regulator’s proposals, consumers who want a ‘‘no frills’’ tariff will be provided with a simple unit price and a fixed standing charge, which will be set by
Ofgem. The regulator, which has pledged to “break the stranglehold” of the big six, is also seeking powers from the Government to award compensation to households if energy companies break their promises on price.
Scott Byrom, the energy manager at MoneySupermarket.com, said news of the £125 profit margin will be an “unwelcome shock” for consumers. “If bill-payers ever needed more encouragement to make a stand against the energy giants then now they have it,” he said.
But British Gas said Ofgem’s numbers were “not correct”. Phil Bentley, the managing director, described the regulator’s numbers as misleading and said its methodology was flawed. He said British Gas’s own estimates put its profit margins per dual fuel bill per household at £24 after tax.