Labour launches petition urging Sir Michael Fallon to resign as Sevenoaks MP
PUBLISHED: 14:39 08 November 2017
Sir Michael quit as defence secretary last week, admitting his behaviour had “fallen below the high standards required” in the role
Labour members in Sevenoaks have launched a petition urging Sir Michael Fallon to resign as the constituency MP.
The Conservative quit his post as defence secretary last week following allegations regarding his conduct as a “sleaze” scandal swept through Westminster.
Sir Michael admitted his behaviour had “fallen below the high standards required” in the role and acknowledged that what might have been acceptable in the past was no longer appropriate.
In a resignation statement he said he would “continue to work hard for my Sevenoaks constituents”, however Labour opposition members are now calling him to also step down as the local representative.
Branch secretary Seamus McCauley said: “Michael Fallon has admitted, and through his resignation acknowledged, that his conduct is inappropriate in a cabinet minister, or as a representative of Britain’s armed forces.
“We are therefore surprised and disappointed that Michael Fallon, and the Conservative Party, appear to feel that the people of Sevenoaks are entitled to a lesser standard of conduct in their representative, and call on him to resign.”
Defending his colleague, Sevenoaks Conservatives chairman Graham Clack told us: “This is what your political opponents do. Michael is a great constituency MP and remains so, and that’s all I need to say. They’re trying to cause mischief and I don’t want to give them credence.”
Sir Michael’s resignation from the cabinet last Wednesday came in a dramatic week of politics, which saw two other Kent MPs facing allegations over their behaviour.
Ashford MP and Theresa May’s effective deputy Damian Green is understood to have given evidence earlier this week to a Cabinet Office inquiry into his conduct, following claims pornography was found on a computer in his office during a police investigation in 2008-09 and accusations he made inappropriate advances to a female activist.
Mr Green has denied the allegations, describing them as a “political smear”.
Meanwhile, Dover MP Charlie Elphicke was suspended by the party over the weekend as “serious allegations” against him were passed to the police.
Mr Elphicke has denied any wrongdoing and said the media had been informed of the suspension before he had.
Thanet North MP Sir Roger Gale told us last week he feared a “witch-hunt” against colleagues would deter young people from entering politics.
Sir Michael has been contacted for a response to the Labour petition, which so far has more than 150 signatures.