British PM forces deputy to resign over porn scandal

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British Prime Minister, Theresa May has forced her most senior minister, Damian Green, to resign after an internal investigation found he had made misleading comments about pornography on computers in his parliamentary office.

The resignation of one of May’s most trusted allies, who had helped pacify her deeply divided party, is a blow as she navigates the final year of tortuous negotiations towards Britain’s exit from the European Union, EU, in March 2019.

Green, who voted to stay in the EU, was appointed as first secretary of state just six months ago in a bid to shore up May’s premiership following her disastrous bet on a June snap election that lost her party its majority in parliament.

But Green’s future was thrust into doubt when the Sunday Times newspaper reported in November that police in 2008 had found pornography on his office computers in the House of Parliament.

In response, Green said the story was untrue. A review, requested by May and conducted by a senior government official, concluded that Green’s statements which suggested he was not aware that indecent material had been found on the computers, were “inaccurate and misleading.”

In a resignation letter, the 61-year old Green apologised for his action and accepted that the statements he made about pornography investigation fell short of expectation.

“I apologise that my statements were misleading on this point,” he said. “I regret that I’ve been asked to resign from the government following breaches of the Ministerial Code, for which I apologise”.

Meanwhile, the prime minister has accepted his resignation, wishing him well in his future endeavours.

“It is with deep regret, and enduring gratitude for the contribution you have made over many years, that I asked you to resign from the government and have accepted your resignation,” she wrote in a letter addressed to Green.

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