British Defence Secretary quits cabinet over sex scandal
London, Nov. 2, 2017 (2017)-British Defence Secretary,Michael Fallon has become the first high profile casualty of the on-going sex scandal rocking the British parliament. He has quit the cabinet, admitting that his behaviour towards women in the past has “fallen short”. The Conservative party is struggling to contain the growing scandal about sexual harassment at Westminster.
But friends of Fallon suggested that there may have been similar incidents more recently, saying: “He would absolutely concede that some of the flirtation has been inappropriate.” Allegations of inappropriate behaviour have been swirling around Westminster since the Harvey Weinstein abuse scandal encouraged women to speak out about their experiences of sexual abuse or harassment.
Asked if he feared any further revelations, Fallon told the BBC: “The culture has changed over the years. What might have been acceptable 10, 15 years ago is clearly not acceptable now. Parliament now needs to look at itself and the prime minister has made very clear that conduct needs to be improved.”
In his resignation letter to the prime minister, Fallon said: “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 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 now resigning as defence secretary.”