No 10 has insisted Andrea Leadsom did not call for Sir Michael Fallon to be sacked from the cabinet amid reports she complained about his conduct.
Sir Michael, who quit office on Wednesday saying his general conduct fell short of expected standards, has “categorically denied” the allegations.
Mrs Leadsom has led ministers’ response to the Westminster misconduct claims.
In a statement to Parliament on Monday, she said Commons procedures for handling complaints about MPs needed to be overhauled as women working in Parliament had a right to feel safe.
Sir Michael became the first minister to resign since allegations of inappropriate behaviour by MPs from different parties first surfaced ten days ago.
Michael Fallon resigned after allegedly telling Andrea Leadsom: ‘Cold hands? I know where you can put them’
Sir Michael Fallon was forced to quit as defence secretary after a Cabinet colleague accused him of making lewd remarks, it emerged last night.
He is said to have told Andrea Leadsom, who had complained of having cold hands, “I know where you can put them to warm them up”.
A source familiar with the controversy alleged that Sir Michael had been “tactile” and had also put his arm around Mrs Leadsom.
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