02 Nov 2017

Sir Michael Fallon quits as Defence Secretary

Sir Michael Fallon has resigned his position as Defence Minister after admitting his behaviour had fallen short of the standards expected from the armed forces.

Sir Michael had apologised earlier this week after it emerged he had been reprimanded by journalist, Julia Hartley-Brewer, for repeatedly placing his hand on her knee during a dinner in 2002.

However, there is a suggestion that there may be more recent claims yet to emerge against Fallon as Westminster faces a swirl sexual abuse allegations.

In his resignation letter to Prime Minister Theresa May, Sir Michael wrote: “A number of allegations have surfaced about MPs in recent days, including some about my previous conduct. Many of these have been false, but I accept in the past I have fallen below the high standards that we require of the armed forces that I have the honour to represent. I have reflected on my position and I am now resigning as defence secretary.”

The Prime Minister is not expected to make any significant reshuffle to the cabinet in light of Sir Michael’s resignation and will announce Sir Michael’s replacement shortly.

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