Published: Sun, December 24, 2017
Sports | By Toni Houston

United Kingdom minister: Damian Green was sacked because he lied

United Kingdom minister: Damian Green was sacked because he lied

The Prime Minister called on Mr Green, a lifelong friend, to quit his role as the de facto deputy prime minister after he made "misleading" statements about allegations that police found pornography on computers in his office in 2008.

Mr Green has stepped down from two roles: first secretary of state and cabinet office minister.

United Kingdom health minister says it's a "very sad moment" for colleagues of the former deputy PM.

Hunt told BBC Today that even Cabinet ministers as senior as Green are held to the "very highest standards of conduct, rightly", but that "doesn't mean that it isn't a very sad moment for those of us who are colleagues of Damian, who know what a highly capable minister he was".

A report by May's Cabinet secretary concluded Green had made misleading statements regarding his knowledge about the indecent images found by police.

In his resignation letter, from his post as First Secretary of State, he continued to deny "unfounded and deeply hurtful" claims that he downloaded or viewed the material. "I am sure that she didn't want him to go".

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"And I think that is what will reassure people that, in these very challenging national circumstances that we are in, that we do actually have someone who has that ability to lead the country".

"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".

Green was a vital political ally who acted as a de facto deputy prime minister and supported May in her hard Brexit negotiations.

And she warned its conclusions might allow Mr Green to escape investigation by the new body Parliament is setting up following the sexual harassment scandal.

Maltby said Green had "fleetingly" touched her knee during a meeting in a pub and later sent a suggestive text after a picture of her wearing a corset appeared in a newspaper.

Green is the third Cabinet member May has lost in two months, after the resignations of Defense Secretary Michael Fallon, over allegations of inappropriate behavior with women, and International Development Secretary Priti Patel.

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