Scottish Conservative leader and future list MSP, maybe, Douglas Ross has branded leader of the Alba Party, Alex Salmond ‘unfit to stand for office.’
Readers know all-too-well what Salmond was charged with, that he was found not-guilty but that, for some, he hasn’t apologised enough to the women involved. He also has not yet apologised to Tony Blair for trying to get him the jail for the deaths of half a million women in Iraq.
Anyhow, remember Damien Green MP, colleague of Douglas Ross and near neighbour on the benches at Westminster?
What did he do?
28 November 2008
Damian Green, then shadow immigration spokesman, is arrested at home in Kent on suspicion of “conspiring to commit misconduct in a public office” and “aiding and abetting misconduct in public office” by counter-terrorism police officers in connection with the Home Office leaks. The charges carry a potential life sentence. The then assistant Met commissioner Bob Quick ordered the arrest.
Police find “extreme” pornographic material on one of the Commons computers of Damian Green during an inquiry into the leaks. It is not reported at the time.
At the time Green was a Conservative MP but he would later become minister for policing, criminal justice and victims and then work and pensions secretary. He was a friend of Theresa May’s at Oxford University and is one of her closest political allies. After managing to form a minority government after the 2017 general election, May appointed him first secretary of state, effectively deputy prime minister.
Green meets Kate Maltby, a Conservative activist and journalist, in a bar in Waterloo, London after he invites her for a drink. Green, almost 30 years older than Maltby, is an acquaintance of her parents and the pair had met previously. On this occasion, after discussing whether Maltby was interested in a political career and sexual affairs in parliament, she claims Green “mentioned that his own wife was very understanding. I felt a fleeting hand against my knee – so brief, it was almost deniable.”
1 June 2016
Maltby, having, she says, not been in contact with Green for a year, receives a text relating to an article she had written in the Times the previous day about corsets. It read: “Long time no see. But having admired you in a corset in my favourite tabloid I feel impelled to ask if you are free for a drink anytime?”
What did Boris Johnson say about Green? Unfit for office? Nope:
Boris Johnson has said he hopes Damian Green will one day be able to return to government office, despite his dismissal for lying over pornography found on his computer.
Mr Johnson raised concerns that the former first secretary of state may have been the victim of a ‘vendetta’, describing the leak of secret details from a police raid of his parliamentary offices as ‘a bit whiffy’.
The Foreign Secretary added his voice to calls for further investigation of the way police evidence about the discovery of legal porn on Mr Green’s work computer found its way into the press.
Why do I always have to mention England, Ian Hislop?