Theresa May’s deputy Damian Green has been sacked as First Secretary of State after an investigation found he breached UK ministerial code by lying about the presence of porn on his office computer.
Now Brexit Secretary David Davis faces the humiliating prospect of being constantly reminded that he vowed to resign if his cabinet ally was sacked over the investigation into his statements on porn found on his computer and allegations by Tory activist Kate Maltby that he behaved inappropriately towards her.
Cabinet secretary Sir Jeremy Heywood’s investigation found that Theresa May’s deputy had been “inaccurate and misleading” when he denied newspaper reports of porn on his computer, breaching the ministerial code of “honesty”.
Thought the investigation found Kate Maltby “plausible” it found that “with competing and contradictory accounts of what were private meetings, it is not possible to reach a definitive conclusion”.
Sources close to the Tory cabinet allies had sought to shore up Theresa May’s deputy by making clear that David Davis vowed to resign despite his crucial position in Britain’s Brexit talks if Damian Green was unfairly dismissed. “David would find it quite difficult to stay in his job and not resign if Damian was pushed out because of anything related to what happened 10 years ago,” one told The Evening Standard.
David Davis your red line, your hill to die on is really something. "What made you want to become an MP" "Great question, I really wanted to fight hard so people can wank at work" https://t.co/swHeBJIxIu
— Jess Phillips (@jessphillips) December 1, 2017
For context – they found pornography on his WORK PLACE computer. That's a sackable offence in any organisation….!! Davis's attempt to subvert the situation is indefensible https://t.co/wyPAQQVgPm
— Amelia Womack (@Amelia_Womack) December 1, 2017
So as soon as Damian Green was sacked last night, there was no shortage of people to remind the Brexit Secretary of his rash vow to protect his colleague.
When negotiating you need to make sure you're absolutely trustworthy, that your word is your bond.
In unrelated news, David Davis who said he'd resign if Damian Green was sacked, isn't going to resign.
— David Schneider (@davidschneider) December 20, 2017
Waiting for @DavidDavisMP to resign as promised given @DamianGreen has gone. I predict he will honour this pledge the same way @Nigel_Farage honours his commitment to leaving Europe but not his pension.
— Sophie Walker (@SophieRunning) December 20, 2017
The utter professionalism of David Davis "If Damian Green is sacked, I'll resign". Damian Green gets sacked. David Davis "Err….Did I tell you the one about Brexit Impact Assesments.Oh, we have done that also. Err..Irish border not staying open, oh that also. Err….No comment?" pic.twitter.com/sdwt1igZFQ
— Chris Furlong (@SocialistChris) December 20, 2017
Damian Green, David Davis, Theresa May. It doesn't matter which, never trust a tory! pic.twitter.com/WJUi3ZcsNR
— Jack Jazz (@JackkJazz) December 21, 2017
Absolutely right that Damian Green has resigned for misleading statements. Now, will David Davis follow through with his threat to quit? Or were they empty words?https://t.co/IoRRPrIUs0
— Caroline Lucas (@CarolineLucas) December 20, 2017
May I kindly ask David Davis to do something he's never done before – to finally follow through on a promise? To be more specific, I mean his promise to resign if Damian Green left? Asking for a friend.
— Dominic Buxton (@MrDominicBuxton) December 21, 2017
Never make threats you aren't prepared to carry out – EU negotiators will note this. https://t.co/raayEAnLbJ
— Brian Moore (@brianmoore666) December 21, 2017
(Featured photo of David Davis (c) Robert Sharp / English PEN)