UK Defense Secretary Michael Fallon resigns over misconduct claims

04 November, 2017, 01:12 | Author: Dustin Murphy
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The appointment comes after Michael Fallon was forced to resign his position last night following accusations of sexual misconduct.

May is expected to appoint a replacement on Thursday.

British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon resigned on Wednesday following a highly-publicized allegation of sexual harassment, the defense ministry said according to AFP.

Theresa May's chief whip Gavin Williamson has been appointed the United Kingdom government's new defence secretary, 10 Downing Street announced on Thursday morning.

He is the first minister to step down from Theresa May's government in the growing scandal about sexual harassment at Westminster.

Julian Smith, MP for Skipton and Ripon, has been promoted to the position of chief whip, having previously acted as deputy chief whip.


Sir Michael said his past behaviour had "fallen short" of standards expected by the United Kingdom military in his departure letter to Theresa May on Wednesday.

May named a key Conservative Party fixer, Gavin Williamson, to fill the post vacated after the resignation of Michael Fallon, who admitted his behavior towards women had "fallen short" during his career.

Fallon's departure came after a journalist, Julia Hartley-Brewer, confirmed he had repeatedly placed his hand on her knee at a dinner in 2002.

He was recently compared to a protagonist from political-drama House Of Cards after declaring "I don't very much believe in the stick, but it's fantastic what can be achieved with a sharpened carrot" in his Tory party conference speech.

However, the Prime Minister expresses faith in Mr Williamson and in the maintaining of the whips office in his absence.

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