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British defense chief Fallon resigns for sex scandal
    2017-November-3  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

BRITAIN’S Defense Secretary Michael Fallon resigned Wednesday night, becoming the first big political casualty of a “sex pest” scandal engulfing Westminster.

Fallon wrote to Prime Minister Theresa May, telling her he was resigning from her front bench Cabinet.

Downing Street confirmed the resignation, saying that May had written to the defense chief, accepting his resignation.

May wrote to Fallon: “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.”

Political commentators said his resignation will come as a major blow to May, losing one of her most supportive and dependable ministers.

The move came just hours after May told MPs in the House of Commons that she had called a meeting of the main party leaders next week to discuss how parliament should handle complaints about sexual harassment by politicians at Westminster.

Earlier this week, Fallon admitted that he had put his hand on the knee of a radio presenter at a dinner 15 years ago at a Conservative Party conference.

In his 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 honor to represent. I have reflected on my position and I am therefore resigning as Defense Secretary.” (Xinhua)

 

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