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JUST IN: Damian Green, deputy of British prime minister, resigns

JUST IN: Damian Green, deputy of British prime minister, resigns

Mrs May said she had "carefully considered" the findings of an investigation by Cabinet Secretary Sir Jeremy Heywood into statements Mr Green made on November 4 and 11, which he has now accepted were "inaccurate and misleading".

Green was appointed in the wake of her disastrous bet on a June snap election which lost her party its majority in parliament.

A review by the cabinet secretary found that Green's statements which suggested he was not aware that indecent material was found in 2008 on parliamentary computers in his office, were "inaccurate and misleading".

A former journalist, Green was first elected to parliament in 1997 and rose through the ranks to become work and pensions secretary past year under May.

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon quit on Nov 1 over inappropriate sexual behaviour, while International Development Secretary Priti Patel stepped down on Nov 8 after she misled the premier over private meetings with Israeli officials.

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But he wrote: "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".

That was then widened to examine claims that pornographic material was found on a computer in his office back in 2008, which the MP also denies viewing or downloading.

It is understood Mrs May asked Mr Green to resign after summoning him to Downing Street on Wednesday evening and is not planning to replace him until the new year at the earliest.

Mr Green apologised for making misleading statements and said he "regrets" being sacked.

"I know that you share my commitment to maintaining the high standards which the public demands of ministers of the Crown", May added.

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The investigation into Green concluded that his conduct as a minister "has generally been both professional and proper" but that while there were "competing and contradictory accounts", Maltby's accusations were "plausible".

The prime minister expressed "deep regret" at his departure, according to the BBC.

The computer was one of a number of possessions seized by the police during a controversial inquiry into the leaking of official documents by a civil servant to Mr Green, at the time a shadow Home Office minister under David Cameron and his immediate boss, then shadow home secretary David Davis.

She had fought for weeks to try and find a way to save him, but eventually decided he must go.

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