Damian Green had to go, but police face questions - Jeremy Hunt

Damian Green had to go, but police face questions - Jeremy Hunt

In his resignation letter, in which he said he was "asked to resign", Green responded to Maltby's allegation writing, "I do not recognise the events she described in her article, but I clearly made her feel uncomfortable and for this I apologise".

United Kingdom health minister says it's a "very sad moment" for colleagues of the former deputy PM.

In his reply, Mr Green maintained he never viewed or downloaded porn on his Commons computer.

The Cabinet investigation did not yield a conclusion about sexual misconduct allegations writer Kate Maltby made against Green. The two have known each other since university, and Green was credited with helping May rebuild her government after she lost her parliamentary majority in April's snap election.

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But in his resignation letter, he said his statements could have been "clearer" and conceded that his lawyers had been informed by Met Police lawyers about their initial discovery in 2008 and the police had also raised the matter with him in a phone call in 2013.

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".

"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".

British Prime Minister Theresa May asked him to resign, according to Reuters.

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Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May is pictured during a meeting with Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki at the Belvedere Palace in Warsaw, Poland, Dec. 21, 2017.

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".

But as prime minister she had to make sure members of her government abided by the ministerial code, the source added.

Ms Maltby is not commenting on Mr Green's resignation until she receives more details from the Cabinet Office.

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"We have received many supportive messages from people near and far who appreciate Kate's courage and the importance of speaking out about the abuse of authority".

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