FILE PHOTO: British Defence Secretary Michael Fallon arrives at the National Cyber Security Centre in London, Britain February 14, 2017. REUTERS/Hannah McKay/File Photo
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Members of Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservative Party said the first high-profile resignation in the scandal showed it was time for reform at the 800-year-old parliament, where power is concentrated in lawmakers' hands and wielded, often unchecked, over junior aides.Weakened after losing her party's majority in a June election, May will want to move swiftly to appoint a replacement with as little disruption as possible.In his letter of resignation to May, Fallon, who had apologized earlier this week for repeatedly touching a radio presenter's knee in 2002, said there had been many allegations about lawmakers, including "some about my previous conduct". Dependent on the support of a small Northern Irish party for a majority in parliament, May will be keen to try to limit the fallout of the scandal, which has prompted allegations of sexual abuse or misconduct against lawmakers across parliament.
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