United Kingdom defence secretary Michael Fallon resigns over sexual harassment allegation

  • United Kingdom defence secretary Michael Fallon resigns over sexual harassment allegation

United Kingdom defence secretary Michael Fallon resigns over sexual harassment allegation

Sir Michael Fallon has Wednesday evening resigned as defence secretary, he admitted that his behaviour had "fallen short".

British defense minister Michael Fallon steps down from office after admitting to sexually harassing a journalist 15 years ago.

Reuters reported that Fallon said his past conduct had fallen below the high standard required in his position on Wednesday in a resignation letter to Prime Minister Theresa May.

He told the BBC that what had been "acceptable 15, 10 years ago is clearly not acceptable now".

Just hours after Michael Fallon quit saying his behaviour in the past fell "below the high standards we require of the armed forces", May appointed Williamson, a rising star in her ruling Conservative Party.

"I have reflected on my position and I am now resigning as defence secretary", Fallon said.

Fallon apologized earlier this week over an incident in 2002 in which he made unwanted advances to the journalist Julia Hartley-Brewer.

Ms Hartley-Brewer said: "I have had no issues since with the man in question and do not regard the incident as anything but mildly amusing".

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She praised his "long and distinguished" career in parliament and added: "On behalf of all those you have helped throughout your time in Government, I thank you for your service". Thursday morning, the Prime Minister appointed Gavin Williamson as his successor.

Williamson - a former parliamentary aide to David Cameron who led Theresa May's leadership campaign last summer - has been portrayed in the press as a savvy political operator who knows the dirt on his colleagues and how to exploit the parliamentary system to get what he wants.