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Michael Fallon quits as defence secretary

Michael Fallon quits as defence secretary”

The Defence Secretary earlier this week admitted that he had put his hand on the knee of a radio presenter at a dinner 15 years ago.

In his resignation letter, the long-serving MP said has past behaviour had "fallen short" of what is expected in the military.

"I have reflected on my position and I am therefore resigning as Defence Secretary".

Fallon is the first minister to step down from Theresa May's government in the growing scandal about sexual harassment at Westminster, which has seen a series of lurid allegations emerge in recent days.

A close ally of Sir Michael said earlier this week: "Julia's a good friend of Michael's".

She added that "I doubt my knee was the reason" for his resignation.

Miss Hartley-Brewer had previously disclosed the incident although she did not name Mr Fallon.

The veteran MP for Sevenoaks was the first cabinet minister to be identified in the scandal which has engulfed British politics, with allegations levelled at nearly 40 Conservative MPs and ministers.

"In the past I have fallen below the high standards that we require of the armed forces that I have the honour to represent", Sir Michael said in a statement announcing his departure.

A dossier detailing allegations of sexual harassment and inappropriate behaviour by Conservative MPs and Cabinet ministers has been circulating in Westminster this week.



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