Former detective: There is ‘no doubt’ Damian Green accessed porn on his work computer

Posted On: 
1st December 2017

A former detective has said there is “no doubt” that Damian Green accessed pornography on his work computer. 

Damian Green is currenlty under Cabinet Office investigation
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According to the BBC, Neil Lewis, who examined Mr Green’s computer in 2008 as part of an investigation into Home Office leaks, said he was shocked at the "thousands" of indecent thumbnails found on the device.

He said they had been viewed extensively over a three-month period, sometimes for several hours at a time.

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Mr Lewis said that although it is not possible to "put fingers on a keyboard", he was sure Mr Green had accessed the material, which was legal.

"The computer was in Mr Green's office, on his desk, logged in, his account, his name," said Mr Lewis, who at the time was working as a computer forensics examiner. "In between browsing pornography, he was sending emails from his account, his personal account, reading documents... it was ridiculous to suggest anybody else could have done it."

The First Secretary of State - who is Theresa May's de facto deputy - has repeatedly denied the claims, that were first made against him by former Met assistant commissioner Bob Quick.

In a statement he said: “No allegations about the presence of improper material on my parliamentary computers have ever been put to me or to the parliamentary authorities by the police.

“I can only assume that they are being made now, nine years later, for ulterior motives.”

The allegations are being investigated as part of a Cabinet Office inquiry into Mr Green, which is also examining claims of sexually inappropriate behaviour which the top Tory also denies.

Despite this Mr Green stood in for the Mrs May at Prime Minister’s Questions this week, where he was asked by Labour's John Mann to say sorry to harassment victims let down by Parliament. 

Mr Green dodged the opportunity to apologise to the victims of sexual harassment, and instead said he “agreed” Parliament needs to improve its complaints procedures.