Saturday 18 November 2017

Michael Fallon quits as UK Defence Secretary after apology for touching journalist's knee

Britain's Defence Minister Michael Fallon. Photo: AFP/Getty Images
Britain's Defence Minister Michael Fallon. Photo: AFP/Getty Images

William James

British defense minister Michael Fallon resigned from his position on Wednesday saying he accepted his conduct in the past had fallen below high standards.

Announcing his decision to resign as Defence Secretary, Sir Michael 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."

Fallon was named in an a newspaper article earlier this week which said he had touched a radio presenter’s knee in 2002.

The BBC reported on Monday that Fallon’s spokesman said he had apologizsed for the incident at the time. The presenter tweeted that she considered the matter closed.

After sexual abuse allegations against Hollywood film producer Harvey Weinstein prompted hundreds of thousands of women and men to share stories about inappropriate behavior, Britain’s parliament - a bastion of tradition - has been no exception.

Earlier on Wednesday British Prime Minister Theresa May said action would be taken when there were allegations and evidence of sexual misconduct.

“I am very clear that we will take action against those where there are allegations that we see, and the evidence is there, that there has been misconduct,” she told lawmakers.

Reuters

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