Wednesday, 17 January, 2018

Damian Green Was Fired by Theresa May For Lying, Jeremy Hunt Acknowledges

Top British official forced out over porn cover-up Getty Images
Isabel Fisher | 24 December, 2017, 03:28

David Davis has backtracked on his threat to resign as Brexit Secretary if Damian Green was sacked following claims that pornography had been found on his House of Commons computer. The Prime Minister said she expected a proper investigation into claims that information was leaked by a former senior officer.

"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, " Green said in his resignation letter.

A report by May's Cabinet secretary concluded Green had made misleading statements regarding his knowledge about the indecent images found by police.

Green was also the subject of controversy last month when Tory activist Kate Maltby accused him of making a sexual advance toward her in 2015.

The Metropolitan Police, who referred the case to the data regulator, said the pair were under investigation over the "apparent disclosure to the media of confidential material gathered during a police investigation in 2008".

Conservative MPs are angry about the alleged actions of the two retired detectives, with Jeremy Hunt claiming they "did not sit comfortably in a democracy", something, he added, Theresa May "had made clear" in her letter to Mr Green.


Mr Green, the First Secretary of State and de facto Deputy Prime Minister, was asked to resign on Wednesday night after he made "misleading" statements about what he knew of the allegations.

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May is pictured during a meeting with Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki at the Belvedere Palace in Warsaw, Poland, Dec. 21, 2017.

He added he "depply regretted" the "distress" caused to Ms Maltby and acknowledged that he "clearly made her feel uncomfrotable - and for this I apologise".

The PM may decide not to appoint a new First Secretary of State, Downing Street said, but a replacement for Mr Green's other role, as Cabinet Office minster, would be announced in the New Year. Hunt said he was "she she didn't want him to go" and would have fired him with a "heavy heart".

"We have received many supportive messages from people near and far who appreciate Kate's courage and the importance of speaking out about the abuse of authority".

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