Damian Green resigns from Cabinet position

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David Davis has backtracked on his threat to resign as Brexit Secretary if Damian Green was sacked following claims that pornography had been found on his House of Commons computer. He was one of many to criticise the two former Scotland Yard officers who spoke out about the raid, with one alleging that "thousands" of legal images had been found on Mr Green's computer. The pornography was found on his office computer during a police investigation of government leaks.

"I apologise that my statements were misleading on this point".

Hunt told BBC Today that even Cabinet ministers as senior as Green are held to the "very highest standards of conduct, rightly", but that "doesn't mean that it isn't a very sad moment for those of us who are colleagues of Damian, who know what a highly capable minister he was".

The Metropolitan Police, who referred the case to the data regulator, said the pair were under investigation over the "apparent disclosure to the media of confidential material gathered during a police investigation in 2008".

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Pictured (L-R) are Britain's First Secretary of State Damian Green, Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May and Britain's Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury, and Chief Whip, Gavin Williamson, in central London, June 26, 2017.

Mr Green's departure from the frontbench has left a major hole at the heart of Mrs May's Government with speculation now growing over who she could appoint as her replacement First Secretary of State.

"But clearly he did something that was a breach of the ministerial code and that's why Theresa May took the very hard decision that she did".

Mr Green, who campaigned for Remain in last year's European Union referendum and had been a leading voice in Cabinet for a "softer" Brexit, has been a friend of the prime minister's since their Oxford University days.

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The cabinet secretary investigation said it was "not possible to reach a definitive conclusion" on whether Green's behavior with Maltby was appropriate wily, but added that her account was "plausible".

Ms Maltby's parents, Colin and Victoria Maltby, said they were "pleased" the Cabinet Office inquiry had concluded.

They praised their 31-year-old daughter for her courage in speaking out about the "abuse of authority".

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