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Michael Fallon: Fresh claims of lewd behaviour including 'cold hands' allegation

By Paul Francis

Sevenoaks MP Michael Fallon is alleged to have made lewd comments to colleague Andrea Leadsom, newspapers have claimed.

The MP who quit his job as defence secretary this week and admitted that his behaviour had fallen short of what might be expected has categorically denied the new allegations made against him

Announcing he was standing down earlier this week, he said that there had been occasions in the past when his conduct may not met the high standards of  military personnel.

Sevenoaks MP Michael Fallon

Sevenoaks MP Michael Fallon

At the time, the only allegation he faced was connected with an incident involving a female journalist whose knee he had repeatedly stroked at a lunch  in 2002.

The Sun newspaper  has published claims today  that the MP made lewd comments to his former cabinet colleague at a meeting six years ago.

When Mrs Leadsom, now the leader of the Commons, complained of cold hands, Fallon allegedly replied: “I know somewhere you can put them to warm up.”

The newspaper claims that complaints were made to 10 Downing Street about the former minister’s conduct.

Andrea Leadsom MP

Andrea Leadsom MP

Mr Fallon quit his job this week  after he admitted that he could not be sure that there would not be other allegations made against him about inappropriate behaviour.

The Kent MP has been the first high profile victim of complaints surrounding the conduct of some politicians at Westminster.

According to the Sun,  Downing Street has refused to comment on the allegations  while allies of Mr Fallon are reported to have denied that he made the comments.

The Prime Minister Theresa May has pledged to introduce proper processes for employees  in Parliament to register complaints of mistreatment or sexual harassment.

Meanwhile, the Sevenoaks Labour party has called on the MP to stand down. It released a statement saying: 

"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. Sevenoaks Labour is 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."

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