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WikiLeaks: Tories 'don't rely on Pakistani vote'

WikiLeaks' Cablegate revelations has yielded a major embarrassment for the UK Government, with a secret cable revealing that senior Conservative Liam Fox assured US officials his party would be tough on Pakistan because the then-opposition Tory party was "less dependent" on votes from Britain's Pakistani community.

The then-shadow minister's comments were reported in a leaked memo sent by US ambassador to London, Louis Susman, on 10th December 2009.

In the cable, which was published late on Tuesday by the UK's Guardian newspaper, Susman wrote:

"Fox criticised the Labour government for policies which reinforce the Indian government's long-held view that [the UK Government's] foreign relations on the subcontinent are 'skewed to Pakistan'."

Susman quoted Fox, who is now Defence Secretary in the UK's coalition Government, as saying: "The Conservatives are 'less dependent' than the Labour party on votes from the British-Pakistani community."

More embarrassments for the UK's coalition Government could be in the offing as WikiLeaks makes public more of its trove of over 250,000 secret diplomatic communications between the US State Department and American embassies around the world.