UK Defence Secretary resigns over sexual harassment allegation

Hannah Mckay  Reuters                       Michael Fallon

Fallon resigned on Wednesday after being accused in the Westminster sexual harassment scandal.

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.

The shock resignation of Sir Michael Fallon after allegations of improper behaviour opened up a big role in cabinet, and Williamson wasn't one of the names floated as a potential replacement.

Ruth Davidson, leader of the Conservatives in Scotland, said it was time to break with a culture in politics when powerful people "use positions of power to demand things from others".

Sir Michael is the first politician to quit following recently revealed claims of serious sexual abuse in Parliament.

"Many of these have been false, but I realise that in the past I have fallen below the high standards that we require of the armed forces which I have the privilege to represent".




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

In a letter written to Theresa May, Fallon said "A number of allegations have surfaced about MPs in recent days, including some about my previous conduct".

The British prime minister has ordered an investigation into the allegations against Conservative members, including Cabinet minister Damian Green.

However, she later said she had not regarded the incident as "anything but mildly amusing", adding that she considered the matter closed. The Telegraph understands that there will not be a reshuffle but that Sir Michael will be directly replaced.

It was already reported that he would face no investigation for this as the woman in question laughed it off.

Labour MP Jess Phillips said recent allegations made against MPs were a cross-party issue, but said Sir Michael's resignation made her feel that action was being taken.

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