Damian Green sacked - what does this mean for Mrs May?

Top British official forced out over porn cover-up

He was one of many to criticise the two former Scotland Yard officers who spoke out about the raid, with one alleging that "thousands" of legal images had been found on Mr Green's computer.

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.

Mr Hunt has already been tipped as a potential successor and he suggested he could be open to such a move, telling BBC Radio 4's Today programme that Cabinet appointments "are a matter for the Prime Minister".

Conservative MPs are angry about the alleged actions of the two retired detectives, with Jeremy Hunt claiming they "did not sit comfortably in a democracy", something, he added, Theresa May "had made clear" in her letter to Mr Green. By admitting he had made "misleading and inaccurate" statements to the media, he had breached the ministerial code, a Cabinet Office inquiry found.

"I'm sure she didn't want him to go", Hunt said.

"I accept 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, " Green said in his resignation letter.

Green was Prime Minister Theresa May's closest ally and friend in government.

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

The Ashford MP was asked to step down as First Secretary of State by Theresa May for breaching the ministerial code. She said he had fallen short of the standards expected of him.

The cabinet secretary investigation said it was "not possible to reach a definitive conclusion" on whether Green's behavior with Maltby was appropriate wily, but added that her account was "plausible".

"We have received many supportive messages from people near and far who appreciate Kate's courage and the importance of speaking out about the abuse of authority".

Ms Maltby's parents, Colin and Victoria Maltby, said they were "pleased" the Cabinet Office inquiry had concluded.

On the wider issue of dealing with instances of sexual harassment or bulling in Parliament, Mrs May said the leader of the House of Commons and leader of the House of Lords were working to ensure there was a proper grievance procedure.

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