Sexual harassment storm rattles UK political elites

A month ago, Michael Fallon was being talked about as a potential successor to Prime Minister Theresa May if she had to be replaced with a caretaker leader. Now he’s the first casualty of the sexual-harassment scandal engulfing Westminster, and May is preparing to name a new defence secretary.

Fallon announced his resignation late Wednesday, referring obliquely to “allegations” about his private life. On Monday, he had admitted repeatedly touching a female journalist’s leg during a dinner. That was prompted by women speaking out about their experiences in British politics in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal in Hollywood.