Michael Fallon QUITS as defence secretary over 'knee-touching' claims

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The Ministry of Defence has confirmed that Michael Fallon has resigned as defence secretary, after he said his past behaviour may have "fallen short".

"It can not be right, when dealing with serious issues relating to behaviour in Parliament, that vulnerable or concerned people are expected to navigate different grievance procedures according to political party", Ms May said.

Announcing his decision, Fallon said: 'In the past I have fallen below the high standards that we require of the armed forces that I have the honour to represent'.

"I have reflected on my position and I am therefore resigning as Defence Secretary".

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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".

Ms Leadsom is herself leading the Government's drive to push for new rules and systems of support for staff in Parliament who fall victim to sexual harassment.

PM Theresa May has ordered an investigation following Conservative party activist Kate Maltby's allegations against Cabinet minister Damian Green, claiming he touched her knee and sent her provocative text messages in 2015. "On three occasions, I asked her to act and on three occasions she did not", Nandy claimed, demanding that the British prime minister take "concrete action" to tackle the issue now.

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