United Kingdom defence secretary quits over sexual harassment claim

Sir Michael Fallon resigns as Defence Secretary over 'past behaviour'

Sir Michael Fallon resigns as Defence Secretary over 'past behaviour'

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.

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

He is the first politician to quit following recent claims of serious sexual abuse in United Kingdom parliament.

In his letter of resignation to May, he said there had been many allegations about lawmakers in recent days, including "some about my previous conduct".

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

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Unlike other incidents, the Prime Minister did not refer Sir Michael for a Cabinet investigation. "She made clear it was unwelcome and he rightly apologised 15 years ago".

She added it was not just about a figurehead for the military, but with big issues like Brexit on the table, the appointment would be about "keeping the political peace".

The Tory veteran was caught up in the sexual harassment scandal sweeping Westminster earlier this week, when it emerged that he had repeatedly put his hand on a journalist's knee during a party conference dinner in 2002.

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

The prime minister, who has long championed the careers of female lawmakers, said on Wednesday that action would be taken when there were allegations and evidence of sexual misconduct.

He added: "There is no discussion in Parliament about how we support the positive values that we want public life to reflect".

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