Published: Thu, December 21, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Porn cover-up scandal claims top UK MP Damian Green

Porn cover-up scandal claims top UK MP Damian Green

He was "asked for quit" after he was found to have made "inaccurate and misleading" statements about what he knew about claims pornography was found on a computer in his office in 2008.

The latest development came amid an array of resignations of the British government cabinet officials over the past months for sex-related allegations.

Mr Green, the First Secretary of State and the Prime Minister's de facto deputy, strongly denied the allegations and in their own right it is unlikely they would have been sufficient to lead tohis demise.

Investigation finds Green was not honest when he claimed he was not told that pornography was found on his Westminster computer by Police in 2008. The pornography was found on his computer during a police investigation of government leaks.

The 61-year-old wrote a resignation letter to Mrs May today and said that he and "should have been clear" when giving statements about the incident.

Mr Green has been an MP since 1997, rising through the shadow cabinet ranks to ministerial posts in the home, justice and work and pensions departments.

"This falls short of the Seven Principles of Public Life and is a breach of the Ministerial Code - a conclusion which has been endorsed by Sir Alex Allan, the Independent Adviser on Ministers' Interests".

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In his resignation letter, Green apologised for his actions and said he "should have been clear" that his lawyers were informed about the original discovery of pornography in 2008, and that the police raised it with him in a subsequent phone call in 2013.

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

The investigation into Green concluded that his conduct as a minister "has generally been both professional and proper" but that while there were "competing and contradictory accounts", Maltby's accusations were "plausible".

"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".

In a summary of the report findings published by May's Downing Street office, the investigation did not draw definite conclusions on Green's behaviour towards the journalist Kate Maltby.

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

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