Michael Fallon resigned as defence secretary on Wednesday after the journalist Jane Merrick told Downing Street he had lunged at her [Image: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images].

It seems there was a lot more evidence supporting Sir Michael Fallon’s resignation than we had previously believed.

Downing Street was compiling a “list of alleged incidents” involving the former Defence Secretary.

How many? Involving what behaviour? Over what length of time?

Depending on the answers to these questions, the police need to be involved.

But, knowing how the Conservatives have responded to every allegation so far, does anybody really trust them to do the right thing?

The cabinet heavyweight’s shock departure on Wednesday followed a phone call from the journalist, Jane Merrick, who informed Downing Street that he had lunged at her and attempted to kiss her on the lips in 2003 after they had lunched together.

The revelation was the tipping point for No 10, which the Observer understands had been compiling a list of alleged incidents involving Fallon since claims against him were first made.

Source: Revealed: why Michael Fallon was forced to quit as defence secretary | Politics | The Guardian


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