Gavin Williamson Appointed New Defence Secretary To Replace Sir Michael Fallon

Sir Michael Fallon has resigned

Michael Fallon has resigned as the UK's defence secretary, a Downing Street spokesman has announced.

The conservative MP and Defence Secretary #Michael Fallon stepped down on Wednesday amid claims of sexual harassment towards the Welsh journalist Elliw Gwawr.

Theresa May's chief whip Gavin Williamson has been appointed the United Kingdom government's new defence secretary, 10 Downing Street announced on Thursday morning.

The prime minister has called for rules on MPs' behaviour to be toughened after the emergence of several allegations of sexual harassment at Westminster.

Willamson will be replaced by Julian Smith MP as the new chief whip, with Esther McVey MP becoming the new deputy chief whip.

CRPF men injured in Anantnag
A CNN-News18 report says that the CRPF officials didn't fire as it would have caused collateral damage to the civilians. Militants attacked a CRPF patrol in south Kashmir's Anantnag district on Thursday morning, injuring several jawans.

Michael Fallon admitted his behavior had 'fallen below the high standards that we require of the armed forces'.

Fallon's departure came after a journalist, Julia Hartley-Brewer, confirmed he had repeatedly placed his hand on her knee at a dinner in 2002.

In a letter written to Theresa May, Fallon said "A number of allegations have surfaced about MPs in recent days, including some about my previous conduct".

Some Conservative MP's have expressed disappointment at the Prime minister's decision to promote Gavin Williamson, arguing that a chief whip should not be leaving his post with no ministerial experience and at such a pressing time.

The South Staffordshire MP, who famously keeps a pet Tarantula named Cronus in his parliamentary office, had not been seen as a frontrunner for the job at the Ministry of Defence.

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