Defence Secretary Michael Fallon resigns amid harassment scandal

Sir Michael Fallon has resigned as Defence Secretary following allegations about his personal behaviour.

Britain's Defence Secretary Michael Fallon. Picture: Getty Images
Britain's Defence Secretary Michael Fallon. Picture: Getty Images

The Scottish-born MP has been caught up in the sexual harassment scandal sweeping Westminster after it emerged he had repeatedly put his hand on a journalist’s knee during a party conference dinner in 2002.

He admitted his behaviour in the past may have ‘fallen short’.

Radio host Julia Hartley-Brewer said she had not regarded the incident as “anything but mildly amusing”.

Mr Fallon was born in Perth and attended a private prep school near Dunfermline.

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