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The Latest: UK defence chief resigns after improper behaviour

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street for the House of Commons in Parliament in London, Monday, Oct. 30, 2017. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
November 01, 2017 - 12:54 PM

LONDON - The Latest on sexual attacks and harassment cases in British politics (all times local):

7:50 p.m.

The British government says Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has resigned after allegations emerged about inappropriate sexual behaviour.

Fallon said in a letter Wednesday to Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May that he may have "fallen short of the high standards" expected of the military.

A newspaper reported earlier that Fallon had repeatedly touched a journalist's knee.

It is one of a growing number of allegations about inappropriate behaviour by British politicians and parliamentary staff.

May has called a meeting of party leaders to discuss how to deal with the issue.

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10:15 a.m.

British Prime Minister Theresa May has ordered an investigation into claims one of her senior deputies made inappropriate advances to a Conservative activist, as allegations spread of sexual harassment and abuse in British politics.

Writer and academic Kate Maltby says Cabinet minister Damian Green "fleetingly" touched her knee in 2015 and later sent her a "suggestive" text message after she was pictured wearing a corset in a newspaper.

Maltby wrote in the Times of London newspaper that Green "offered me career advice and in the same breath made it clear he was sexually interested."

Green, Britain's de facto deputy prime minister, denied making sexual advances.

Meanwhile, an opposition Labour Party activist says the party discouraged her from reporting her rape at a Labour conference in 2011, when she was 19. Bex Bailey said a party official told her "that if I did, it might damage me."

The party said it was investigating.

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