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Theresa May's deputy denies that porn was found on his computer

Damian Green says the claim amounts to “unscrupulous character assassination”.

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BRITAIN’S FIRST SECRETARY of State Damian Green has denied an allegation that police found pornography on his computer during a raid on his Westminster office in 2008.

The claim was made by former Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Bob Quick in the Sunday Times newspaper today.

In a statement, Theresa May’s deputy said the story is “completely untrue” and intended to “cause me political damage”.

“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,” Green said.

Green’s office was raided, and he was briefly arrested, as part of a 2008 investigation into Home Office leaks. The inquiry led to no charges.

Quick is standing by the claim and has said he would take part in an inquiry. He resigned in 2009 after inadvertently revealing secret documents.

Series of allegations 

Home Secretary Amber Rudd told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show all allegations should be investigated but that her Cabinet colleague had the right to defend himself.

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

There have been several allegations of sexual misconduct and harassment in British politics in recent days.

Sir Michael Fallon quit as defence secretary during the week after journalist Jane Merrick claimed he lunged at her and attempted to kiss her on the lips in 2003. A number of other ministers and MPs remain under investigation for alleged inappropriate behaviour.

Read: Scottish junior minister resigns over ‘inappropriate behaviour’

Read: Conservative MP suspended after ‘serious allegations referred to police’

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