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Damian Green sacked - what does this mean for Mrs May?

24 December 2017

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.

Green also faces allegations of misconduct toward a female writer, which the Cabinet Office found "plausible".

It was the minister's denials - rather than anything he is alleged to have done - that ultimately led to his downfall.

"Thousands" of legal pornographic images were found on a computer during a police raid in 2008, a retired Scotland Yard detective has said previously. The two have known each other since university, and Green was credited with helping May rebuild her government after she lost her parliamentary majority in April's snap election.

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".

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"I'm sure she didn't want him to go", Hunt said.

Retired police officer Neil Lewis told the BBC he was "shocked" at the volume of material and claimed he had "no doubt whatsoever" that it was accessed by the Tory MP.

"But clearly he did something that was a breach of the ministerial code and that's why Theresa May took the very hard decision that she did".

It is not likely that Mr Green's exit will suddenly unleash another bout of turmoil, writes the BBC's Political Editor Laura Kuenssberg, in her blog, but it does leave her a "lonelier figure".

Green was Prime Minister Theresa May's closest ally and friend in government.

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A Downing Street source said his resignation was a matter of sadness and regret for Mrs May, who is in Poland to announce a new defence treaty.

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".

Damian Green, who was ousted as first secretary of state, maintains he did not use pornography on his office computers, but he agreed he had not been forthcoming in statements made about the matter in November. She said he had fallen short of the standards expected of him.

"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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Damian Green sacked - what does this mean for Mrs May?