British Politics Riled by 2008 Porn Incident

Deputy Damian Green is out after it was determined he lied
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 21, 2017 8:09 AM CST
An Aug. 10, 2017 file photo of First Secretary of State, Damian Green, speaking in London.   (David Cheskin/PA via AP, File)

(Newser) – Another bump in Theresa May's road. Her first secretary of state, a man who the BBC reports is essentially her deputy and who the Guardian 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 nearly a decade ago. In November, the Sunday Times reported on the "extreme" porn discovered on the computer in Damian Green's parliamentary office in 2008; Green was unequivocal in his response, branding the allegations "false, disreputable political smears." An investigation was launched by the cabinet secretary, and it was determined that Green did not adhere to the "seven principles of public life"—one is honesty—as required by the ministerial code.

The lying doesn't relate to how the porn got there, but to Green's assertion that he was unaware it had been found during a police investigation of government leaks, reports the AP. In his resignation letter, Green allowed 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 reiterated that he did not "download or view" the porn. The investigation also considered but came to no conclusion regarding sexual misconduct allegations leveled by writer Kate Maltby against Green, whom she accused of "fleetingly" touching her knee during a meeting in a pub and sending her an inappropriate text after an image of her wearing a corset ran in a newspaper.

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