Wednesday, 1 December 2021

Damian Green resigns cabinet post after porn claims

Damian-Green

Damian Green has resigned as First Secretary of State, amid allegations pornographic material was found on a Commons computer in 2008.

He will leave his role after independent adviser on ministers’ interests, Sir Alex Allan, found he had breached the ministerial code by making inaccurate and misleading statements about what he knew about pornography found on his computer.

As as result Prime Minister Theresa May – a life-long friend to the Tory – asked for his resignation.

Mr Green has described allegations that he downloaded or viewed pornography on his parliamentary computer as “unfounded and deeply hurtful”, but admitted he had not been clear in his past statements on the issue.

Mr Green said he “regrets” having been asked to resign and apologised for breaches of the ministerial code.

Damian Green

In a letter to the PM, he went on: “From the outset I have been clear that I did not download or view pornography on my parliamentary computers.

“I accept that I should have been clear in my press statements that police lawyers talked to my lawyers in 2008 about the pornography on the computers, and that the police raised it with me in a subsequent phone call in 2013.

“I apologise that my statements were misleading on this point.

“The unfounded and deeply hurtful allegations that were being levelled at me were distressing both to me and my family and it is right that these are being investigated by the Metropolitan Police’s professional standards department.”

Mr Green, the defacto deputy Prime Minister, has been under scrutiny after a retired Scotland Yard detective Neil Lewis told the BBC he was “shocked” at the volume of porn found in a 2008 raid on Mr Green’s Westminster office, and had “no doubt whatsoever” it was amassed by the Tory MP.

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