Education Secretary ramps up pressure on Damian Green over computer porn claims

BT.com reports that a Cabinet minister has piled pressure on beleaguered First Secretary Damian Green, saying it was “not acceptable” if he used a House of Commons computer to view pornography.

With a report into his conduct expected within days, Education Secretary Justine Greening said it was important to have “high standards” in public life.

Tory MPs have been rallying round Mr Green following claims by two retired police officers that pornographic images were found on his Commons computer during a 2008 investigation into Home Office leaks. 

Mr Green, who is also under investigation over claims of inappropriate behaviour towards a woman Conservative activist, has strongly denied using the computer to watch the porn.

Asked on BBC One’s The Andrew Marr Show whether it was acceptable to view pornography on a workplace computer, Ms Greening said: “There are clear laws. I think most employers would say it wasn’t acceptable.”

Ms Greening declined to comment directly on the investigation into Mr Green, but added: “I think it is important that we have high standards in public life.”

Ms Greening’s intervention came amid reports that senior aides to Theresa May believe Mr Green, who is effectively her deputy prime minister, should resign to spare the Government further embarrassment.

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