Mr. Green one of Theresa May‘s closest allies, has been sacked from the cabinet after an inquiry found he had breached the ministerial code.
Mrs. May’s deputy, is the second cabinet minister to quit after allegations of sexual harassment and other misconduct engulfed British politics in the wake of the scandal involving the American movie producer Harvey Weinstein.
Damian Green, was forced to resign his cabinet post, after an investigation found that he misled the public about pornography found on his parliamentary computer.
Mr. Green had breached the ministerial code by making “inaccurate and misleading” statements about what he knew of claims that pornography had been found on a computer in his parliamentary office in 2008.
61-year old Green, 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, Michael Fallon and Priti Patel having both quit in November.
The first was that he made unwanted advances to a female journalist, Kate Maltby, in 2015, by “fleetingly” touching her knee in a pub, and later sending her a “suggestive” text message.
The second was related to claims that pornography was found on a computer in Mr. Green’s office in the House of Commons in 2008 — allegations that first surfaced when the police investigated whether official information was being leaked to Mr. Green, who was then an opposition politician.
Theresa May expressed “deep regret” at Mr Green’s departure but said his actions “fell short” of the conduct expected of a cabinet minister.
Mr. Green’s departure will deprive her of one of her closest allies, and could disturb the balance of a cabinet drawn up carefully to balance those who are hard-line supporters of Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union, and those who — like Mr. Green — want to retain close economic ties to the bloc after the country’s departure. “NY Times report”.
In his resignation letter, Mr. Green said he regretted that he had been asked to stand aside, but apologized for his actions. Mrs. May said that it was with “deep regret” that she was asking him to resign. He is, however, retaining his seat in Parliament.
Alistair Carmichael, chief whip of the opposition Liberal Democrat party, said that Christmas “can’t come early enough for Theresa May as her cabinet continues to crumble.”
May proved her powers of resilience and, earlier this month she achieved a breakthrough in talks over Britain’s exit from the European Union, allowing them to proceed to the next phase.