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US News Fallon accused of trying to kiss junior reporter

01:50  05 november  2017
01:50  05 november  2017 Source:   news.sky.com

Michael Fallon Quit 'After Making Lewd Comments To Andrea Leadsom'

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A senior political journalist has accused Sir Michael Fallon , the former Defence Secretary, of lunging at her and attempting to kiss her on the lips when she was a junior political reporter . Try another. or register with your social account.

A journalist has accused former defence secretary Sir Michael Fallon of lunging at her and trying to kiss her on the lips when she was a junior reporter . Sir Michael's resignation on Wednesday was cast in new light as it emerged Jane Merrick had contacted Downing Street with the claim just hours.

Downing Street has confirmed Sir Michael Fallon's resignation © Reuters Downing Street has confirmed Sir Michael Fallon's resignation

Jane Merrick has accused former defence secretary Sir Michael Fallon of trying to kiss her on the lips when she was a junior reporter.

Following Wednesday's resignation, Ms Merrick informed Downing Street that Sir Michael lunged at her when she was a political reporter with the Daily Mail in 2003.

Ms Merrick told the Observer that, following the incident, she "shrank away in horror" and "ran off" to her office in the Press Gallery.

Andrea Leadsom arrives at Downing Street amid a Cabinet reshuffle © PA Andrea Leadsom arrives at Downing Street amid a Cabinet reshuffle

"I felt humiliated, ashamed," she told the newspaper on Saturday.

Fallon quit after No 10 told of sex assault claim

  Fallon quit after No 10 told of sex assault claim Fallon quit after No 10 told of sex assault claimSir Michael resigned as defence secretary on Wednesday night, admitting that his personal conduct had "fallen below the high standards we require of the armed forces".

Jane Merrick has accused former defence secretary Sir Michael Fallon of trying to kiss her on the lips when she was a junior reporter .

After Fallon ’s attempt to kiss her, Merrick, then a 29-year-old junior political reporter at the Daily Mail, said she “shrank away in horror and ran off to my office in the Press Gallery”.

"Was I even guilty that maybe I led him on in some way by drinking with him?" she asked.

"After years of having drinks with so many other MPs who have not acted inappropriately towards me, I know I was not."

A friend of Sir Michael has told Sky News the former defence secretary "realises this kind of incident was unacceptable, which is why he resigned".

Following the resignation, Sir Michael said that his personal conduct had "fallen below the high standards we require of the armed forces".

This is the fourth allegation made against him within a week, after he apologised for putting his hand on journalist Julia Hartley-Brewer's knee during a Conservative party conference 15 years ago; and he was accused of making lewd remarks - which he denies - to Cabinet colleague Andrea Leadsom.

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Video: Rudd: Fallon conduct 'absolutely wrong'. Amber Rudd has branded Sir Michael Fallon 's behaviour towards a female journalist to stand down was cast in new light on Sunday as Jane Merrick accused him of lunging at her and trying to kiss her on the lips when she was a junior reporter .

Tom Brokaw is being accused of groping and twice trying to forcibly kiss a younger NBC News colleague in the 1990s. In an email from Brokaw obtained by the Hollywood Reporter , the journalist defended his legacy and character to his NBC colleagues Friday morning.

The sexual assault claim was revealed to The Times by former minister Anna Soubry who said that a "person with great courage" had presented their allegation to No 10 on Wednesday, shortly before Sir Michael's resignation.

"Theresa May made it very clear she took these allegations seriously and within hours he was gone", said Conservative MP Ms Soubry who had served as Sir Michael's junior at the Ministry of Defence until the 2015 election.

Sir Michael has issued a strong denial saying the claim was not true and libellous.

He said: "I've already accepted that I have behaved inappropriately in the past but I have never assaulted anybody".

He said no specific allegation was put to him.

It comes amid a deepening rift in the Conservative party about the claims made by Mrs Leadsom, the Leader of the Commons.

Ms Soubry said "somebody has betrayed Andrea Leadsom's confidence" by leaking the accusation.

But others in the party accused the former leadership contender of an act of revenge against Sir Michael after he is said to have suggested she would have to be sacked to get Cabinet agreement on a Brexit deal.

Ms Merrick said she decided to name Sir Michael after he "denied some allegations, and minimised others as somehow acceptable because they date from another time".

"His lack of contrition has made me change my mind," she said.

According to the Observer, this latest revelation was a tipping point for Downing Street, which was already compiling a list of incidents relating to Mr Fallon.

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