United Kingdom minister: Damian Green was sacked because he lied

United Kingdom minister: Damian Green was sacked because he lied

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.

"I share the concerns that have been raised by police, and I expect those issues be properly investigated", May said in a press conference during her visit to Poland.

That was then widened to examine claims that pornographic material was found on a computer in his office back in 2008, which the MP also denies viewing or downloading.

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

Besides allegations that he kept and watched pornography on his parliamentary computer, Green faces another allegation from writer and Tory activist Kate Maltby.

Mr Quick told the BBC he will continue to "seek a retraction" of the comments Mr Green made about him, saying the matter was "in the hands of my lawyers".

"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".

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

Hunt, who is reportedly being considered as a potential successor to Green, said the prime minister had asked Green to resign "very sadly, and I know with a very heavy heart".

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.

Damian Green has resigned from his government post as First Secretary of State tonight.

Asked if his departure left Theresa May more isolated, Mr Hunt said "leadership is lonely" but she had shown "extraordinary resilience in very challenging circumstances".

The cabinet secretary investigation said it was "not possible to reach a definitive conclusion" on whether Green's behavior with Maltby was appropriate wily, but added that her account was "plausible".

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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