Michael Fallon Resigns As Defence Secretary

Frederick Owens
November 2, 2017

Media captionSir Michael Fallon: "Not right for me to go on as defence secretary".

Hartley-Brewer said she was "incredibly shocked" by Fallon's resignation and did not think his decision was based exclusively on the 2002 incident.

The Defence Ministry confirmed he had stepped down.

Sir Michael Fallon has resigned as Defence Secretary as British politics is engulfed in a sexual harassment scandal.

In a statement, he said:"In recent days allegations have been made about MPs' conduct, including my own".

Announcing his decision, Fallon said: 'In the past I have fallen below the high standards that we require of the armed forces that I have the honour to represent'.

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Fallon is the first lawmaker to resign amid a growing number of claims against British politicians that have emerged in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, which has encouraged people around the world to share their stories about sexual harassment.

She praised his "long and distinguished" career in parliament and added: "On behalf of all those you have helped throughout your time in Government, I thank you for your service".

As Fallon appeared on television to read a prepared statement, repeating his letter to May, the USA government said the resignation "should in no way impact our relationship" with Britain.

Labour activist Bex Bailey says she was raped at a party event in 2011, while secretary of state Damian Green has been accused of sending suggestive text messages to a Tory activist.

A newspaper reported earlier that Fallon had repeatedly touched a journalist's knee.

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