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UK Defense Secretary quits over sexual harassment allegation

04 November, 2017, 01:11 | Author: Kristen Ingram
  • Hannah Mckay  Reuters                       Michael Fallon

The appointment comes after Michael Fallon was forced to resign his position last night following accusations of sexual misconduct.

British Defence Secretary Michael Fallon resigned on Wednesday following a highly-publicised allegation of sexual harassment, the first politician to step down in a developing scandal at Westminster.

Julian Smith becomes the new Chief Whip.

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.

The former chief whip's appointment by Theresa May to one of the Cabinet's most senior posts provoked widespread surprise at Westminster, as he has never before held ministerial office.

Williamson, 41, has been promoted to the job from the position of Chief Whip.

Michael Fallon admitted his behavior had 'fallen below the high standards that we require of the armed forces'.

Michael Fallon admitted on Wednesday that in the past he has "fallen below the high standards we have come to expect of our armed forces" in his resignment speech in which he aptly summarised that he had reviewed his time as a politician and had, therefore, chose to step down.

The prominent journalist claimed Fallon "repeatedly put his hand on my knee" during a dinner at Conservative party conference and she "calmly and politely explained to him that, if he did it again, I would "punch him in the face".

Since becoming chief whip, he has established a fearsome reputation among parliamentary colleagues.



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