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Sec­re­tary ‘should step down’

- Crime · Politics · Pornography · London · Theresa May · Amber Rudd · Conservative Party (UK) · Anna Soubry · Michael Fallon · Damian Green · Heidi Allen

LON­DON: There were calls yesterday for a se­nior Con­ser­va­tive ally of Bri­tish Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May to step down as al­le­ga­tions of in­ap­pro­pri­ate be­hav­iour of a sex­ual na­ture were be­ing in­ves­ti­gated.

First Sec­re­tary of State Damian Green, 61, has been un­der fire since a woman came for­ward last week and ac­cused him of touch­ing her knee at a bar two years ago.

The Sun­day Times news­pa­per then re­ported over the week­end that po­lice had found pornog­ra­phy on his par­lia­men­tary com­puter dur­ing a raid in 2008. He de­nied the claim, which was made by a former po­lice chief, and called it “po­lit­i­cal smear.”

Home Sec­re­tary Am­ber Rudd con­firmed yesterday that a Cab­i­net Of­fice in­quiry al­ready un­der way into Green’s past con­duct would now be ex­panded to in­clude the porn al­le­ga­tion.

An in­quiry was launched into Green’s con­duct af­ter Kate Maltby, a jour­nal­ist and Con­ser­va­tive Party ac­tivist who is three decades younger than Green, ac­cused the politi­cian of touch­ing her knee “fleet­ingly” at a Lon­don pub in 2015 and then send­ing her a “sug­ges­tive” text message.

Two Con­ser­va­tive mem­bers of par­lia­ment – Heidi Allen and Anna Soubry – urged Green to tem­po­rar­ily step aside as the in­ves­ti­ga­tion con­tin­ues into his con­duct.

“In… the sort of com­pa­nies I used to work in, that would be com­pletely nor­mal. If you’re in­no­cent and you have noth­ing to worry about, then let the process take its nat­u­ral course, and the right will come out in the end,” Allen said yesterday.

De­fence min­is­ter Michael Fal­lon re­signed last week af­ter an ac­cu­sa­tion of mis­con­duct was made against him. – dpa


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