Defence secretary Sir Michael Fallon resigns admitting his behaviour had ‘fallen short’

Kneegate

Sir Michael Fallon Wednesday evening resigned as defence secretary, he admitted that his behaviour had “fallen short.”

This week Fallon admitted he had inappropriately touched the knee of Julia Hartley-Brewer, although she has said no investigation was launched and that she is not a victim.

Fallon’s spokesman said when the news emerged on Monday: “He had apologised when the incident happened 15 years ago and both Julia and he now considered the matter closed.”

Ms Hartley-Brewer said: “I have had no issues since with the man in question and do not regard the incident as anything but mildly amusing.”

Tuesday the LBC presenter tweeted a picture of her legs and said: “Full medical check-up this morning and, yes, both of my knees are still intact. Get a grip, people. Although not on my knee, obviously.”

The Sevenoaks MP wrote in a letter to the prime minister, Theresa May: “A number of allegations have surfaced about MPs in recent days, including some about my previous conduct.

“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.

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

May responded by saying: “I appreciate the characteristically serious manner in which you have considered your position, and the particular example you wish to set to servicemen and women and others.”

May praised his “long and distinguished” career in Parliament and added: “On behalf of all those you have helped throughout your time in Government, I thank you for your service.”

Theresa May

Ms Hartley-Brewer said on Twitter Wednesday evening: “#Kneegate (although I doubt my knee was the reason)”

She then tweeted:

 

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