Sir Michael Fallon: Did ‘dossier’ from Angela Leadsom lead to his downfall?
PUBLISHED: 09:07 03 November 2017 | UPDATED: 09:07 03 November 2017
Sevenoaks MP “fundamentally denies” he made a crude joke to the Commons leader
Sevenoaks MP Sir Michael Fallon, who quit as defence secretary on Wednesday after admitting that his behaviour had “fallen below the high standards required” in the role, was reportedly forced out after cabinet colleague Andrea Leadsom passed a dossier of claims to Number 10.
Sources close to the Tory MP said he “fundamentally denied” claims that he made a crude joke to the Commons leader, while Mrs Leadsom’s team and Number 10 declined to comment.
Prime minister Theresa May has faced a backlash after appointing former chief whip Gavin Williamson, who has never held ministerial office, to replace Sir Michael.
Tory former defence minister Anna Soubry said: “It does rather look like he picked himself a plum job.”
Mrs May has called a meeting of all party leaders on Monday to agree a new system of dealing with abuse complaints in Parliament.
Mrs Leadsom attended school in Tonbridge before embarking on her career in politics.