Tomorrow’s Sunday Times‘ front page carries a huge headline that police claim to have found ‘extreme’ pornographic material on a parliamentary computer used by First Secretary of State and Deputy PM Damian Green.
Former Assistant Commissioner of the Met, Bob Quick, has issued a statement claiming that the material was found during a raid on Green’s office – and his arrest – as part of an investigation into government leaks. According to the Sunday Times, Quick will present this as evidence to an inquiry into Green by the Head of Propriety and Ethics.
Here’s how ITN covered the raid when it took place:
Mr Green has issued a strongly-worded denial. But he initially got that wrong, tweeting a full-screen version that included email headers suggesting he may not have written the statement himself, as it was sent to him by his SpAd (special adviser):
He did at least, though, demonstrate that he – or someone with access to his phone – knows how to do a screen-capture on his mobile.
The full-screen tweet was quickly deleted, but not before some merriment was had at Green’s expense by sharp-witted Twitter users, like Planet Belfast:
The SpAd, Dylan Sharpe, was formerly head of PR at the S*n. Between that and the Sunday Times article, that makes two links to the Murdoch press empire in this Tory disaster.
Pornography as such is not illegal. There is a legal definition of certain types of ‘extreme’ pornography, but the Sunday Times article does not reference this legal definition and it was not in place at the time of the seizure of Green’s computers. But the coverage on top of other press allegations last week – also strenuously denied – raise the possibility that Theresa May might now lose a second of her closest allies in government as a result of articles by Murdoch publications, having already lost former Defence Secretary Michael Fallon following a S*n exposé less than a week ago.
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