Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Damian Green resigns as Deputy Prime Minister



De facto Deputy Prime Minister Damian Green has resigned following allegations that pornography was found on his Commons computer.
 
The Ashford MP was asked to step down as First Secretary of State by Theresa May for breaching the ministerial code.
 
 
In a letter to him published on Wednesday night, the PM said a report found Mr Green made two "misleading" and "inaccurate" statements.


Mrs May wrote: "While I can understand the considerable distress caused to you by some of the allegations which have been made in recent weeks, I know that you share my commitment to maintaining the high standards which the public demands of Ministers of the Crown.


"It is therefore 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."


Damian Green and Theresa May letters



The letter also said Mr Green, 61, "recognised" he made a female journalist "feel uncomfortable".


Freelance columnist Kate Maltby, 31, had claimed she "felt a fleeting hand against my knee" during a meeting in a bar.
 
 
In his reply, Mr Green maintained he never viewed or downloaded porn on his Commons computer.


But he wrote: "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."




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