Furious Tory MPs blast ex-cops over Damian Green sacking
Tory MPs have rounded on the former police officers who went public about the porn on Damian Green's computer, after the First Secretary of State’s sensational resignation last night.
Mr Green was asked to step down by the Prime Minister after he was found to have misled a Cabinet office inquiry into his behaviour.
The investigation found it was "inaccurate and misleading" for him to claim police never told him about the mammoth porn stash.
The accusations were first levelled at Mr Green by former Met assistant commissioner Sir Bob Quick and were later fuelled by retired officer Neil Lewis.
In the wake of Mr Green’s resignation, colleagues blasted their conduct last night.
Outspoken backbencher Jacob Rees-Mogg told The Sun: “I’m deeply concerned that as far as I can tell the reason for his resignation is some questionable behaviour by retired policemen based on a deeply questionable search of his office when he was an opposition spokesman in 2008.
“I think this raises more questions about how the police behaved then, and how the retired policemen behaved since, than it does about Damian Green.
"Therefore I’m very sorry that he felt that he ought to resign and I think it is a loss for the Government to be without his wisdom.”
Former minister Andrew Mitchell added: “These two admitted breaches of the ministerial code are dwarfed by the extraordinary behaviour of the police which fortunately is now under investigation”.
Current Met Chief Cressida Dick has previously condemned the actions of the former officers and suggested they could be prosecuted if they are found to have committed an offence.
The row goes back to a 2008 investigation into leaks at the Home Office, during which Mr Green’s computer was poured over by officers.
The First Secretary of State has always maintained his innocence in the face of the porn allegations and said the recent accusations were down to "ulterior motives".
The Cabinet Office investigation also looked into allegations of inappropriate behaviour made by Mr Green towards Tory activist Kate Maltby.
She said Mr Green “fleetingly” touched her knee and sent her “suggestive” text messages in 2015.
The probe was unable to make a verdict on the claims but said Ms Maltby's account was "plausible".
In a statement last night Ms Maltby’s parents said they were “not surprised to find that the inquiry found Mr Green to have been untruthful,” adding that they were “proud” of their daughter.