Theresa May's deputy Damian Green QUITS over computer porn storm

British Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday accepted the resignation of her deputy Damian Green, who announced he was stepping down following a probe into his conduct.

He left his cabinet post after an investigation found he breached United Kingdom ministerial code by misleading the public about whether he knew porn had been found on his computer.

A Cabinet Office investigation concluded this week found that that Green made misleading public statements about pornography found on his Westminster office computer by Police in 2008.

Theresa May told him in a letter than she had asked him to resign, and accepted his resignation.

London's Metropolitan Police had told Green about the pornography found, the Cabinet Office noted, without drawing conclusions on whether he had viewed the material.

Some of them would be illegal under current laws which became stricter in 2009, it is claimed.

The Cabinet Secretary found the statements breached ministerial code and shared the findings with Sir Alex, who wrote to the PM confirming the report is a "clear and comprehensive account" and that Mr Green had breached the code. As Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, and as First Secretary of State, you have brought great wisdom, good sense, and a commitment to helping the most vulnerable to my Cabinets in this Parliament and the last.

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

"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", he wrote. Conservative Party activist Kate Maltby alleged that he inappropriately touched her and sent her a suggestive text message.

Green, who had been under investigation regarding allegations of inappropriate conduct, had previously denied suggestions that he made unwanted advances to a female journalist, Kate Maltby, in 2015 and viewed pornography on a computer in his Commons office in 2008.

In his resignation letter Green indicated he would stay on as a lawmaker, thanking his constituents for their support and vowing to "continue to argue for the modernising conservatism I have always believed in".

  • Rogelio Becker