British PM Theresa May fires closest political ally over porn scandal

First Secretary of State Damian Green arrives for the first day of the annual Conservative Party conference, October 1, in Manchester.

(CNN)British Prime Minister Theresa May has fired her closest political ally after he admitted lying over the presence of pornography on a computer in his parliamentary office.

An investigation by the UK Cabinet Office found that Damian Green's previous denials over the issue were "inaccurate and misleading."
Police found thousands of thumbnail pornographic images on the computer during a raid in 2008 that was part of an inquiry into government leaks, a former Scotland Yard detective involved in the case said. None of the material was deemed to be illegal.
    More recently, Green was accused by by journalist and former Conservative party activist Kate Maltby of making unwanted advances towards her during a meeting in 2015.
    The loss of Green is a personal blow for May. He was her closest ally in Cabinet, and brokered the deal with the Democratic Unionist Party that kept her in power after her Conservative party lost its parliamentary majority in a botched election in June.
    Green is the third cabinet member to leave in the past two months, following the resignations of Defense Secretary Michael Fallon over allegations of inappropriate behavior with women, and of International Development Secretary Priti Patel over unauthorized meetings with senior Israeli politicians.
    The Cabinet Office report found that by lying about the pornography, Green had breached the code of conduct for UK ministers. It also said that Maltby's account was plausible, although it was "not possible to reach a definitive conclusion on the appropriateness of Mr Green's behavior" with her.
    Green said at the time the allegations were "completely untrue."
    May forced Green, the First Secretary of State and her de facto deputy, to resign after the report was published on Wednesday evening.
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