Breaking: Sir Michael Fallon MP resigns as Defence Secretary

fallonSir Michael Fallon MP has resigned; apparently, because he touched a female journalist’s knee fifteen years ago. (Although do read his resignation letter which indicates other reasons?)    He must have done something far worse than that?

Robert Peston

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“Michael Fallon has resigned as defence secretary because he was aware that his behaviour with women over many years would be regarded as inappropriate if disclosed.

According to one of his friends, he found the stress of waiting for someone to make a complaint debilitating. And therefore – after a conversation with the prime minister this afternoon – he has quit.

He has said he wants to hold himself to the standards expected of the armed forces – for whom he is responsible. But several women Tory MPs say he fell short of the conduct they expect of all men.

In going expeditiously he has both helped and harmed the prime minister.

Those same women MPs admire her “decisive action”.

But she dare not do more tomorrow then replace him rather than start the more ambitious reshuffle her party wants and expects – because she does not yet know which others of her ministers and MPs will be fatally tainted by allegations of abusive or harassing behaviour.”

Julia Hartley-Brewer on BBC Radio 4 News at 10 saying absurd for Fallon to resign if the only reason was touching her knee 15 years ago.  A sensible lady who is more than able to look after herself.

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