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UK deputy PM under pressure over claim that he had porn on work computer

Damian Green has dismissed the claims, made by two former police officers, as a smear campaign.

First Secretary of State Damian Green speaks during Prime Minister's Questions.
First Secretary of State Damian Green speaks during Prime Minister's Questions.
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BRITAIN’S DEPUTY PRIME minister is under mounting pressure over a trove of pornographic images allegedly found on his office computer.

First Secretary of State Damian Green has dismissed as a smear campaign allegations that porn was found on his computer during a police investigation into government leaks in 2008.

The allegations were made public last month by a former police officer, whom Green accuses of bearing a grudge. Another retired officer, Neil Lewis, repeated the allegations on Friday in an interview with the BBC, saying he saw “thousands” of porn images on Green’s computer.

When asked how he could be sure it was Green and not someone else who was using his computer, Lewis said: “The computer was in Mr Green’s office, on his desk, logged in, his account, his name.

In between browsing pornography, he was sending emails from his account, his personal account, reading documents … it was ridiculous to suggest anybody else could have done it.

“The shocking thing as I was viewing it, I noticed a lot of pornography: thumbnails, which indicated web browsing.

There was a lot of them. I was surprised to see that on a parliament computer. I had to take a step back because I wasn’t expecting that.

A spokesman for Green said the politician had “never watched or downloaded pornography on the computers seized from his office”.

According to the Guardian, Green told reporters that “I’ve maintained all along, I still maintain, it is the truth that I didn’t download or look at pornography on my computer.

“But obviously while the investigation is going on I can’t say any more at the moment.”

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Green, a key ally of Prime Minister Theresa May, is being investigated by civil servants over alleged inappropriate advances to a Conservative Party activist.

- With reporting from the Associated Press

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