Sky: Conservative Hammond named as UK Defense Secretary

By REUTERS
October 14, 2011 19:20




LONDON - British Prime Minister David Cameron has appointed Conservative Philip Hammond as his new defense secretary, Sky News said on Friday, filling a gap left by the resignation of Liam Fox.

Hammond, regarded as a safe pair of hands who had held the transport ministry brief, will oversee Britain's military operations in Afghanistan and Libya as well as sweeping, cost-cutting reforms to the military.

Fox resigned on Friday following a scandal over his close ties to a businessman who posed as his unofficial adviser, dealing a blow to Cameron's Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government.


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