Damian Green resigns from Cabinet position

Theresa May's effective deputy Damian Green quits over pornography cover-up

Theresa May MP has sacked her lifelong friend and de facto deputy Damian Green MP after he made "misleading" statements about allegations that police found pornography on computers in his parliamen.

He went on: "From the outset, I have been clear that I did not download or view pornography on my Parliamentary computers".

"Thousands" of legal pornographic images were found on a computer during a police raid in 2008, a retired Scotland Yard detective has said previously.

"I think that doesn't mean it isn't a very sad moment", he said.

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".

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

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.

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Damian Green leaves 10 Downing Street.

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May is pictured during a meeting with Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki at the Belvedere Palace in Warsaw, Poland, Dec. 21, 2017.

"I regret that I've been asked to resign from the government following breaches of the Ministerial Code, for which I apologise".

Her first secretary of state, a man who the BBC reports is essentially her deputy and who theGuardian notes was brought "into Downing Street after her majority was wiped out in June's general election to help shore up her authority", is out after it emerged he lied about porn found on his work computer almost a decade ago. She said he had fallen short of the standards expected of him.

Ms Maltby's parents, Colin and Victoria Maltby, said they were "pleased" the Cabinet Office inquiry had concluded.

"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".

On the wider issue of dealing with instances of sexual harassment or bulling in Parliament, Mrs May said the leader of the House of Commons and leader of the House of Lords were working to ensure there was a proper grievance procedure.

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