UK Minister denies computer porn allegations

BBC:-Theresa May’s most senior minister has denied a claim that police found pornography on his computer during a raid on his Westminster office in 2008.

First Secretary of State Damian Green said ex-police chief Bob Quick’s claims in the Sunday Times were “completely untrue” and “political smears”.

And he said police had never told him that any improper material had been found on his parliamentary computer.

Mr Quick said he “stood” by the claim and would take part in an inquiry.

The revelations are the latest in a growing sexual misconduct scandal in Westminster.

On Sunday, further details emerged about allegations against Sir Michael Fallon, who this week resigned as defence secretary over his behaviour.

the Observer reported that he quit shortly after journalist Jane Merrick told Downing Street he had lunged at her and attempted to kiss her on the lips in 2003 after they had lunch together.

And Tory MP Daniel Poulter, who represents Central Suffolk and North Ipswich, has been referred to the Conservative Party disciplinary committee after allegations in the Sunday Times, which he has denied in full.

The allegation regarding Mr Green, who is effectively the prime minister’s deputy, relates to an inquiry into Home Office leaks which briefly led to his arrest in 2008.

Former Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Bob Quick said on Sunday that his officers had found pornographic material on Mr Green’s computer in his Commons office after they searched it as part of their controversial investigation – which resulted in no charges.

The ex-anti-terror chief said he had made an appointment to speak to a senior official in the Cabinet Office, which last week launched an inquiry into an unrelated allegation against Mr Green, to discuss the matter.

“I bear no malice to Damian Green,” he told BBC News.

Mr Quick, who quit his role in 2009 after inadvertently revealing secret documents, accepted he had not asked officers to report the matter at the time, saying they “didn’t expect to find the material” and were in the midst of a “very difficult inquiry with a lot of pressure to drop the case”.

But Mr Green said: “The allegations about the material and computer, now nine years old, are false, disreputable political smears from a discredited police officer acting in flagrant breach of his duty to keep the details of police investigations confidential, and amount to little more than an unscrupulous character assassination.”

The Cabinet Office inquiry was triggered after journalist Kate Maltby, who is three decades younger than Mr Green, told the Times he “fleetingly” touched her knee during a meeting in a pub in 2015 and a year later sent her a “suggestive” text message after she was pictured wearing a corset in the newspaper.

Mr Green said any allegation that he made sexual advances to Ms Maltby was “untrue (and) deeply hurtful”.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd told the BBC it was right all allegations were investigated but she said her cabinet colleague had the right to defend himself and she noted the “strong statements” he had made.

“I do think that we shouldn’t rush to allege anything until that inquiry has taken place,” she told Andrew Marr.

More generally, she said abuse of power could not be tolerated and there needed to be a “clearing out” of Westminster to get rid of any such behaviour.

1 Comment

  1. The Crow
    November 5, 2017 at 11:16 am Reply

    So what, he had porn on his computer! At least he wasn’t wanting off to an underaged female like one “U Ball Dus” did!

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