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Sir Michael Fallon has resigned as Defence Secretary in the wake of allegations about sexually inappropriate behaviour after admitting that his past conduct may have "fallen below" the high standards expected of him .
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 a letter to the Prime Minister, Sir Michael said: "A number of allegations have surfaced about MPs in recent days, including some about my previous conduct.
Sir Michael admitted the incident had taken place and said he had apologised to broadcaster Julia Hartley-Brewer for his behaviour at the time. Miss Hartley-Brewer had previously disclosed the incident although she did not name Mr Fallon. She said that at the time she had threatened to punch him in the nose if he did it again.
Unlike other incidents, the Prime Minister did not refer Sir Michael for a Cabinet investigation. The Telegraph understands that there will not be a reshuffle but that Sir Michael will be directly replaced.
[...] It comes amid a growing sexual harassment scandal at Westminster, with some 40 Conservative MPs being named in a so-called 'dirty dossier' compiled by Tory staff of politicians against whom accusations have been made.
Theresa May has come under pressure from her own party to investigate alleged sexual harassment.
Michael Fallon's resignation is ridiculous, says female journalist at centre of 'kneegate' 'This is the most insane, absurd and ridiculous resignation of a cabinet minister ever' Henry Austin 6 mins ago
Well, the list seems to just keep on growing
originally posted by: BeefNoMeat
a reply to: MerkabaTribeEntity
I suspect his copping to putting his hand on the knee of a radio broadcaster was so he didn’t have to admit to something more egregious — resign and admit to something fairly innocuous, or we’ll really put you on blast. No way am I buying he resigned for putting his hand on her knee 15 years ago. Nope. Not buying it.