Damian Green resigns as Deputy Prime Minister following bahviour investigation

Deputy Prime Minister Damian Green has resigned as First Secretary of State

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.

"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.

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

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

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

The Metropolitan Police, who referred the case to the data regulator, said the pair were under investigation over the "apparent disclosure to the media of confidential material gathered during a police investigation in 2008".

British Prime Minister Theresa May asked him to resign, according to Reuters.

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Damian Green leaves 10 Downing Street.

Mr Green, who campaigned for Remain in last year's European Union referendum and had been a leading voice in Cabinet for a "softer" Brexit, has been a friend of the prime minister's since their Oxford University days.

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

Damian Green, who was ousted as first secretary of state, maintains he did not use pornography on his office computers, but he agreed he had not been forthcoming in statements made about the matter in November. Hunt said he was "she she didn't want him to go" and would have fired him with a "heavy heart".

Kate Maltby's parents, Colin and Victoria, said in a statement they were not surprised to find that the inquiry found Mr Green to have been "untruthful as a minister, nor that they found our daughter to be a plausible witness".

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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