Damian Green resigns as Deputy Prime Minister following bahviour investigation
24 December, 2017, 03:26 | Author: Tina Rodriquez
Mr Green's departure from the frontbench has left a major hole at the heart of Mrs May's Government with speculation now growing over who she could appoint as her replacement First Secretary of State.
Theresa May had to sack Damian Green after he "lied" over what he knew about police claims to have found porn on his office computer, Jeremy Hunt has said.
During her visit to Poland, Mrs May said that she expected leaks by former police officers in relation to Mr Green to be "properly investigated" and "taken seriously".
Mr Green, 61, who as first secretary of state was effectively the PM's deputy, is the third cabinet minister to resign in the space of two months - Sir Michael Fallon and Priti Patel both quit in November.
In his resignation letter, Mr Green reiterated he had not downloaded or viewed pornography on his parliamentary compute but said he 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 think that doesn't mean it isn't a very sad moment", he said.
Freelance columnist and daughter of a family friend Kate Maltby, 31, claimed in October she "felt a fleeting hand against my knee" during a meeting in a bar.
"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, " May wrote.
Mr Green also said he deeply regretted causing distress to Ms Maltby.
Ms Maltby's parents, Colin and Victoria Maltby, said they were "pleased" the Cabinet Office inquiry had concluded.
Green's sacking follows the November resignations of Sir Michael Fallon as defence secretary amid Westminster sleaze allegations, and worldwide development secretary Priti Patel over undisclosed meetings in Israel.
Mr Hunt continued: "He lied on a particular incident, yes, I think lots of people who understand the context would appreciate why that might have happened but that doesn't make it any Cabinet ministers to the very highest standards of conduct, rightly, but I think we should remember that those are standards that would probably not apply in many other countries".
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