He was born in East Kilbride, Scotland, and studied medicine at the University of Glasgow. Liam is a general practitioner, a former Civilian Army Medical Officer and Divisional Surgeon with St John Ambulance. He is a member of the Royal College of General Practitioners.
Dr Liam Fox joined the Conservative Party while at University, becoming the President of the University Club. From there he advanced throught the Conservative Party Ranks and contested Roxburgh and Berwickshire in the 1987 General Election. He was elected to Member of Parliament for Woodspring since April 1992.
In June 1993, Liam was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Rt Hon Michael Howard, then Home Secretary. In July 1994, he was appointed an Assistant Government Whip. Following a limited Government reshuffle in November 1995, he was appointed a Lord Commissioner of Her Majesty’s Treasury - a Senior Government Whip. He was Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office from 1996-97.
In June 1997, Liam was appointed Opposition Front Bench Spokesman on Constitutional Affairs. Since May 1999, he was been the Shadow Secretary of State for Health.
Dr Fox had been suggested as a future leader of the party. In 2003, he was appointed campaign manager for Michael Howard, following a no-confidence vote which brought down the Conservative leader, Iain Duncan Smith. He was made co-chairman of the party by Michael Howard.