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Hello and welcome to our look ahead
to what the the papers will be
bringing us tomorrow.
With me are Christopher Hope,
chief political correspondent
at the Daily Telegraph,
and political commentator
Tomorrow's front pages -
The Telegraph leads
with the resignation
of Defence Secretary Michael Fallon,
after allegations about
his personal conduct.
The Mirror goes with the same story,
reporting Mr Fallon saying his
behaviour fell below the standards
required of his office.
The Times reports fears
within the government that more
ministers may be forced to resign.
The Metro also dedicates its front
page to Michael Fallon's resignation
- and so does the i.
The Mail claims that Mr Fallon has
warned the Prime Minister
that there could be further
revelations about his behaviour.
And the Sun is the only
paper to attempt a pun,
with 'fallon his sword'.
I think that works better on the
page there. Only one story in town,
and we have the two perfect people
to discuss it. The resignation of
the Defence Secretary. You clearly
have had a busy evening because this
story only broke at 7:30pm. How much
of a shock was it?
A complete shock.
He goes back to this claim by a
journalist friend of mine, Julia
Hartley-Brewer, that Michael Fallon
had touched her on the knee, and she
said she would punch him if he did
it again. He admitted it and
apologise, and it was thought that
that was it, really. Then a complete
bombshell tonight, he's resigned. An
exchange of letters, an
old-fashioned resignation. There
will be a new person replacing
Michael Fallon, maybe Tobias
Ellwood, one of his juniors at the
defence Department. It is
extraordinary that no one thought he
would go, and we are trying to work
out what it all means.
interesting. Fallon shocks
Westminster with a stunning
resignation and admits behaviour
fell short, but we have to see this
in the context of all of the
allegations swirling around
Westminster at the moment.
climate is very C bra around
Westminster at the moment, but
people feel this is very... The
climate is very febrile. A lot of
women feel uncomfortable in
Westminster, as do a lot of young
men. Pretty much every female friend
of mine in politics has had
experience of sexual harassment.
Female advisers, female journalists,
they all have their own stories and
wonder what to do. Some stories are
historic and some are more recent.
There is a feeling that a lot of
young women and men have had enough
of this culture.
It's never really a
police matter. It is a lot lower
level. It's insidious, it makes you
uncomfortable. It's not a police
matter. That is far too much.
Theresa May is working out what to
do about this.
As a man who works in
Westminster, are you aware of these
kinds of allegations?
You are told
about it, but I am not told the same
things you are. It's basically women
sharing with other women.
there is a culture... It's very,
very macho in the House of Commons.
It's designed to be a bit of a
gentleman 's club. There's still the
majority of men in positions of
power. The women tend to be the
support staff, more junior, and the
men are away from their wives, homes
and families, and there is quite a
lot of subsidised booze, which is a
heady mixture. My experience is that
a lot of men, who tend to be a bit
older, don't realise what they are
doing is inappropriate. They don't
think what they are doing is
particularly bad. They think it
comes with the job. Being an MP,
being in a position of power, the
perks that come with it is this kind
of behaviour. They think it is a bit
of naughty fun.
Michael Fallon said
that his conduct fell below the
standards that are now expected.
That is what it says on the front
pages. Do you think Moore might
emerge about his behaviour?
know. As things stand tonight, we
don't know the answer. There is a
suspicion that more might come out.
The BBC reported earlier that more
claims were made to Number 10. We
don't know if that's true. Maybe he
felt that rather than hanging on
while other things emerge, he would
My experience, and a lot of
the other women I've spoken to,
often people doing this type of
behaviour is not a one off. It's
kind of a pattern of behaviour, and
I think he has done the right thing.
He said about standards for the
Armed Forces, but it's also
standards of decent men and women
who are modern in 2017 would expect.
The House of Commons makes judgment
on the rest of us. We have to abide
by the laws that are created in the
House of Commons. They do have to
hold themselves to a higher degree
While there are no new
allegations against him, there is
evidence that things that he
previously viewed as flotation might
On to the Telegraph,
your front-page story. The headline
was interesting. Fallon quits as
Westminster sex scandal claims its
first scalp. Is the indication that
there could be more?
There might be
more. We might go back to the back
to basics crisis that laid waste to
John Major. That was seen by
journalists as no more sex and
sleaze, and it triggered all sorts
The other point is that
it's quite easy to get tribal about
this, and say that it is one party
against another. I am a pretty
tribal person, having been a Labour
person, and I would say that all
parties have an issue with this. We
heard terrible stories this week
about a story about a young activist
who claims she was raped and a party
official swept it under the carpet.
We have to avoid being partisan.
Officials need to come together and
find solutions, mechanisms, and
independent complaint system so that
young, vulnerable men and women in
the House of Commons feel they have
somewhere to go to.
denies any allegations about his
conduct, but he is basically under
pressure and is being investigated
by the Cabinet Office.
Let's move on
to the Daily Mirror. The front-page
story, Dustin Hoffman sexually
harassed me when I was just 17. This
is the Oscar-winning actor, famous
for films like to see. He has been
accused of harassment on the set of
death of a salesman back in 1985.
The woman who accused me was -- the
woman who accused him was an intern
at the time. This takes you back to
Hollywood, where this whole thing
Yes, the Harvey Weinstein
allegations were the genesis of this
story. It is worth saying that this
type of culture exists across many,
many industries. I think it happens
everywhere, but certainly Hollywood
has been the focus of this. The
interesting, or the worrying thing
about this is that she was a very,
very young girl, and he was this
movie star, a lot older than her. He
is saying that... A lot of this is
about abuse of power. Often when
young people come into film or
politics, they are starry eyed, and
if you are one of the celebrities,
you have a lot of power, and how you
wield that power has to be watched
Dustin Hoffman says, I
have the utmost respect for women
and feel terrible that anything I
might have done could have put her
in an uncomfortable situation. I am
sorry. So he has apologised.
coming out Daily Mail. Kevin Spacey
earlier this week. It all started
with the Harvey Weinstein affair. It
all seems to be really serious, and
a pattern of abuse over many years,
allegedly, with those women.
the Telegraph, and a story you vote.
Labour angers the palace by dragging
the Queen into Brexit row. How have
they done that?
Get the Queen
involved in the Brexit! Before the
last referendum last year, it was
said she backed Brexit. This is
using a Commons procedure, called
the humble address, to try to force
the government to release these
papers showing the impact of Brexit
on 58 areas. Where the government to
release this... The Queen has a
motion called the humble address,
and will have to respond to what the
Labour Party pushes through, which
may draw the Queen in on Brexit.
This could be avoided by the
government releasing those
documents. They are really
important, and there's prominent
Conservative Party members saying,
what ever position you have taken on
the Brexit debate, everyone should
care about the future of the
country, and these impact
assessments are very important for
MPs to shine a bit of light on what
is going on.
They are saying they
want to release it.
I thought that
the vote tonight wasn't binding.
speaker said it was binding, but the
government are going to respond. I
have been led to believe that they
are going to release the gist.
they going to redact it?
what Keir Starmer said.
surprise I am slightly confused by
Slightly confused by Brexit.
Good to talk to you both.
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Thank you, Christopher Hope
and Ayesha Hazarika.