Michael Fallon

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Michael Fallon

British Conservative politician and Member of Parliament for Sevenoaks add

Category: Politics

Born in 1952.

Countries: United Kingdom (67%), UK (17%), Saudi Arabia (6%)

Main connections: Hampshire, Kent, Secretary of State for Defence

Linked to: Conservative Party, Craigflower Preparatory School, International Development Committee, Chairman of the Conservative Party

 

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Michael Fallon was born in 1952 add something


1974

He went up to the University of St Andrews, where he read Classics and Ancient History, graduating in 1974 with a Master of Arts degree add something


1975

As a student, Fallon was active in the European Movement and the "Yes" youth campaign in the 1975 referendum add something


1977

After university he joined the Conservative Research Department, working first for Lord Carrington in the House of Lords until 1977 and as European Desk Officer until 1979 add something


1979

In 1979 he became Research Assistant to former MEP, Baroness Elles add something


1982

In July 1982 he was selected as the Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Darlington to fight the Darlington by-election on 24 March 1983, following the death of Labour MP Ted Fletcher add something


1983

Although he lost to Labour's Ossie O'Brien by some 2,412 votes, just 77 days later he defeated O'Brien by 3,438 votes in the June 1983 general election add something


1986

Fallon has been married to Wendy Elisabeth Payne since 1986 and they have two sons and the family lives in Sundridge, Kent add something


1990

Mrs Thatcher appointed him Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Department for Education and Science in July 1990 a position he continued to hold under the new premiership of John Major add something


1992

He remained MP for Darlington until the 1992 General Election when he was defeated by Labour's Alan Milburn by a margin of 2,798 votes add something

 

He remained in that office until his 1992-General Election defeat add something

 

Duncan Bannatyne - 'Just Learning' chief executive during the 1992-1997 period was Michael Fallon


1997

Following his return to Parliament at the 1997 General Election he was appointed Opposition Spokesman for Trade and Industry and Shadow Financial Secretary to the Treasury, but he resigned from the front-bench owing to ill-health in October 1998, and remained on the backbenches until his promotion as Deputy Chairman of the Party add something

 

He re-entered Parliament at the 1997 general election representing the safe Conservative constituency of Sevenoaks following the retirement of the sitting Tory MP, Mark Wolfson, and has served as the MP there since add something


1999

From 1999 he was a member of the Treasury Select Committee, and chairman of its Sub-Committee add something


2002

Between 2002 and 2004, Fallon regularly claimed £1,255 per month in capital repayments and interest, rather than the £700-£800 for the interest-component alone add something


2004

After his error was noticed by staff at the Commons Fees Office in September 2004, he asked: "Why has no one brought this to my attention before-" He repaid £2,200 of this over-claim, but was allowed to offset the remaining £6,100 against his allowance add something


2010

Andrew Tyrie - On 10 June 2010, Tyrie was elected to chair the Treasury Select Committee, beating original favourite Michael Fallon to succeed John McFall


2012

In September 2012, he was sworn of the Privy Council of the United Kingdom, upon his appointment as Minister for Business and Enterprise add something


2014

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

 

Since 15 July 2014, he has served as Secretary of State for Defence, having previously been Vice Chairman of the Conservative Party add something

 

Hampshire - A 2014 study found that Hampshire shares significant reserves of shale oil with other neighbouring counties, totalling 4,4 billion barrels of oil, which Business and Energy Minister Michael Fallon said "will bring jobs and business opportunities" and significantly help with UK energy self-sufficiency

 

Hampshire - A 2014 study found that Hampshire shares significant reserves of shale oil with other neighbouring counties, totalling 4,4 billion barrels of oil, which Business and Energy Minister Michael Fallon said "will bring jobs and business opportunities" and significantly help with UK energy self-sufficiency

 

Kent - A 2014 study found that Kent shares significant reserves of shale oil with other neighbouring counties, totalling 4,4 billion barrels of oil, which Business and Energy Minister Michael Fallon said "will bring jobs and business opportunities" and significantly help with UK energy self-sufficiency

 

Kent - A 2014 study found that Kent shares significant reserves of shale oil with other neighbouring counties, totalling 4,4 billion barrels of oil, which Business and Energy Minister Michael Fallon said "will bring jobs and business opportunities" and significantly help with UK energy self-sufficiency

 

East Sussex - The area contains significant reserves of shale oil, totalling 4,4 billion barrels of oil in the Wealden basin according to a 2014 study, which Business and Energy Minister Michael Fallon said "will bring jobs and business opportunities" and significantly help with UK energy self-sufficiency


2015

During the run-up to the 2015 general election Fallon wrote an article in the Times saying that Ed Miliband had stabbed his brother in the back to become Labour leader and he would stab the UK in the back to become prime minister add something


2016

In December 2016, Fallon admitted that UK-supplied internationally banned cluster munitions had been used in Saudi Arabia's bombing campaign in Yemen add something


2017

In April 2017, Fallon confirmed that the UK would use its nuclear weapons in a "pre-emptive initial strike" in "the most extreme circumstances" on the BBC "Today" programme add something

 

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

 

The former political editor of "The Independent on Sunday", Jane Merrick, revealed in "The Observer" in early November 2017 that the previously unnamed Fallon was the Conservative MP who had "lunged" at her a decade and a half earlier add something