UK defence minister resigns

02 November 2017

Sir Michael Fallon MP has resigned from his role as UK secretary of state for defence, citing conduct that has “fallen below the high standards that we require of the Armed Forces”.

“I have reflected on my position and I am therefore resigning as defence secretary”, Fallon said in a 1 November letter to UK prime minister Theresa May.

Fallon’s resignation followed a period of focus on the conduct of some members of the UK parliament in relation. Fallon had earlier in the week apologised for an inappropriate advance towards a prominent female journalist that had taken place 15 years earlier.

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