8 Facts About Sir Michael Fallon

1. Sir Michael Fallon had an interrupted parliamentary career that spanned four decades and two constituencies.

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2. Sir Michael Fallon was made a Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath for political and public service as part of the Resignation Honours of the outgoing Prime Minister David Cameron.

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3. Sir Michael Fallon was banned from driving for 18 months in 1983 after admitting a drink-driving offence during the general election campaign.

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4. In late October 2017 it was reported that Sir Michael Fallon had repeatedly and inappropriately touched journalist Julia Hartley-Brewer's knee during a dinner in 2002.

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5. In January 2014, Sir Michael Fallon was appointed Minister for Portsmouth, subsequently being promoted to the Cabinet, on 15 July 2014, as Secretary of State for Defence.

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6. Sir Michael Fallon was selected as the Conservative parliamentary candidate for Darlington in July 1982, and fought the Darlington by-election on 24 March 1983, which was held after the Labour MP Ted Fletcher had died.

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7. Sir Michael Fallon became Research Assistant to Baroness Elles in 1979, around the time that she became an MEP.

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8. Sir Michael Fallon was educated at Craigflower Preparatory School near Dunfermline and at Epsom College, an independent boys' school in Surrey.

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