UK Defence Secretary resigns

UK Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon has admitted his behaviour had ‘fallen below high standards’ and has since resigned from government.

Fallon Wednesday admitted to inappropriate behaviour in the past. He apologised earlier in the week over an incident in 2002 in which he made unwanted advances to journalist Julia Hartley-Brewer.

In his resignation letter to Prime Minister Theresa May, Fallon 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 that in the past I have fallen below the high standards that we require of the armed forces that I have the honour to represent.’

Accepting his resignation, May said she appreciated

“the characteristically serious manner in which you have considered your position and the particular example you wish to set to servicemen and women and others”.

May has called a meeting of party leaders to discuss how to deal with the topic, amid a growing roster of allegations about inappropriate behaviour by politicians and parliamentary staff.

May has also ordered an investigation into claims another senior minister made inappropriate advances to a Conservative activist.

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