UK defence secretary Michael Fallon resigns over sexual harassment allegation

02 November 2017, 11:30 AM
British defence secretary Michael Fallon resigns over sexual harassment allegation
British defence secretary Michael Fallon resigns over sexual harassment allegation

British Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has resigned following a highly-publicised allegation of sexual harassment, the defense ministry said on Wednesday.

A ministry spokesman has confirmed Fallon's resignation, while he was quoted in a statement as saying that behavior may have "fallen short".

Fallon had previously apologised for putting his hand on a political journalist's knee in 2002. 

"Many of these have been false but I accept that in the past I have fallen below the high standards that we require of the armed forces that I have the honour to represent," he said.

"I have reflected on my position and I am therefore resigning as defence secretary."

May replied in a letter saying she appreciated "the characteristically serious manner" in which Fallon had considered his position and "the particular example you wish to set to servicemen and women and others".

First Published: Thursday, November 02, 2017 11:14 AM

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