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Journalist accuses Sir Michael Fallon of lunging at her and trying to kiss her

By KentOnline reporter

Sir Michael Fallon today faced fresh allegations surrounding his behaviour, with one reporter claiming he lunged at her and tried to kiss her.

Jane Merrick was said to have contacted Downing Street with the claim before his sudden resignation as minister on Wednesday.

She alleged the incident took place following a lunch in 2003, when she was a political reporter with the Daily Mail.

Sevenoaks MP Michael Fallon
Sevenoaks MP Michael Fallon

She said in today's Observer newspaper that she "shrank away in horror" and ran off feeling "humiliated and ashamed" after the incident.

The allegations emerged days after Sevenoaks MP Sir Michael Fallon resigned, saying his personal conduct had "fallen below the high standards we require of the armed forces".

Earlier in the week journalist Julia Hartley-Brewer came forward to claim the frontbencher had put his hand on her knee in 2002.

Then, colleague Andrea Leadsom came forward with claims he made lewd suggestions to her about "cold hands".

Other Kent MPs face allegations of impropriety.

MP Michael Fallon at the opening of the grammar school annexe
MP Michael Fallon at the opening of the grammar school annexe

Ashford's Damian Green today strongly denied claims he had extreme pornography on his Westminster computer.

The Sunday Times paper claims the material was discovered in 2008 during an inquiry into Government leaks.

And MP for Deal and Dover, Michael Elphicke, was suspended after "serious allegations" were made against him.

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