Theresa May sacks Deputy after porn allegations inquiry

By Maame Aba Afful
Theresa May and Deputy, Damian Green

UK Prime Minister, Theresa May has sacked her deputy and lifelong friend Damian Green after he made "misleading" comments about allegations that pornography was found on computers in his Parliamentary office.

The prime minister demanded his resignation as First Secretary of State after an independent adviser on ministers' interests, Sir Alex Allan, found he had breached the ministerial code.

An internal investigation by the Cabinet Office found two statements Mr Green made on November 4 and 11, which suggested he was not aware indecent material was found by police in a 2008 raid, were "inaccurate and misleading".

Mr Green, 61, is the third cabinet minister to resign in the space of two months - Sir Michael Fallon and Priti Patel both quit in November.

In her written response, Mrs May expressed "deep regret" at Mr Green's departure but said his actions "fell short" of the conduct expected of a cabinet minister.

He had also been under investigation regarding allegations of inappropriate behaviour towards journalist and Tory activist Ms Maltby. He denied suggestions that he made unwanted advances towards her in 2015.

He also denied that he had either downloaded or viewed pornography on a computer removed from his Commons office in 2008 and said police had "never suggested to me that improper material was found".

In his resignation letter, Mr Green said statements he made about what he knew about the pornography could have been "clearer", conceding that his lawyers had been informed by Met Police lawyers about their initial discovery in 2008 and the police had also raised the matter with him in a phone call in 2013.

In his resignation later to Mrs May, Mr Green said he "regrets" having been asked to resign and apologized for breaches of the ministerial code.

Mr Green, a married father-of-two, wrote: "I regret that I've been asked to resign from the government following breaches of the Ministerial Code, for which I apologize."

Credit: Mirror.co.uk

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