Gavin Williamson Appointed New Defence Secretary To Replace Sir Michael Fallon

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British defense minister Michael Fallon steps down from office after admitting to sexually harassing a journalist 15 years ago.

This week Fallon admitted he had inappropriately touched the knee of Julia Hartley-Brewer, although she has said no investigation was launched and that she is not a victim.

"I have reflected on my position and I am therefore resigning as defence secretary".

Just hours after Michael Fallon quit, saying his behaviour in the past fell "below the high standards we require of the armed forces", Ms May on Thursday appointed Mr Williamson, a rising star in her ruling Conservative Party. He insisted that he apologized over the incident 15 years ago, however, and that he and the journalist considered the matter closed.

A number of allegations have surfaced about Member of Parliament (MPs) in recent days.

May responded by saying: "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".

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"The Queen has been pleased to approve the appointment of Rt Hon Gavin Williamson as Secretary of State for Defence", May's spokesman said.

Junior trade minister Mark Garnier is also under investigation for breaches of the ministerial code for asking his former secretary to buy him sex toys in 2010.

The most recent claims released Wednesday include two assault allegations from both a male and female parliament employees concerning various politicians as well as a failed attempt to drug a woman with a "date rape" substance inside one of Parliament's bars.

'I am very clear that we will take action against those where there are allegations that we see, and the evidence is there, that there has been misconduct, ' she told MPs.