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New setback for Prime Minister

Green sacked after lying over porn allegations

Damian Green

Damian Green: breached code


Damian Green, the Prime Minister’s closest ally, has been sacked after an inquiry found he had misled the public and breached the ministerial code.

An investigation by the cabinet secretary Sir Jeremy Heywood found that Green’s denials that “extreme” porn had been found on his computer in 2008 were “inaccurate and misleading”.

Prime Minister Theresa May expressed “deep regret” at the departure of a colleague and friend since they were at university together but said his actions “fell short” of the conduct expected of a cabinet minister.

The 61-year old is the third cabinet minister to resign in the space of two months, Michael Fallon and Priti Patel having both stood down in November.

Mr Green, first secretary of state, had been under investigation regarding allegations of inappropriate conduct.

He has denied suggestions that he made unwanted advances to a female journalist, Kate Maltby, in 2015 and either downloaded or viewed pornography on a computer removed from his Commons office in 2008.

In his resignation letter Mr Green expressed his frustration at being asked to step down. He said: “I regret that I have been asked to resign from the government.”

He also apologised for breaching the ministerial code and for make Ms Maltby “feel uncomfortable”.

He continued to maintain that he did not “download or view” the pornography; but added that he “”should have been clear in my press statements” that his lawyers were informed about its presence in 2008 – and that he discussed it with the police in 2013.

Mrs May said it was “with deep regret and enduring gratitude for the contribution you have made over many years that I asked you to resign from the government and have accepted your resignation.”

 



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