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

Mr Hunt said questions remained about the conduct of the ex-police officer who leaked details of the pornography.

That was then widened to examine claims that pornographic material was found on a computer in his office back in 2008, which the MP also denies viewing or downloading.

The Cabinet Office investigation did not rule on allegations made by writer Kate Maltby that Mr Green sexually harassed her.

It was the minister's denials - rather than anything he is alleged to have done - that ultimately led to his downfall.

"I accept that I should have been clear in my press statements that police lawyers talked to my lawyers in 2008 about the pornography on the computers, and that the police raised it with me in a subsequent 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".

Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham said: "These are serious allegations and we are investigating to determine whether the law has been broken and what further action is necessary including potential criminal prosecution".

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"This falls short of the Seven Principles of Public Life and is a breach of the Ministerial Code - a conclusion which has been endorsed by Sir Alex Allan, the Independent Adviser on Ministers' Interests".

The Prime Minister, who asked him to stand down, said she was "extremely sad" at his exit.

Damian Green leaves 10 Downing Street.

Green was Prime Minister Theresa May's closest ally and friend in government.

He added he "depply regretted" the "distress" caused to Ms Maltby and acknowledged that he "clearly made her feel uncomfrotable - and for this I apologise".

Damian Green has resigned from his government post as First Secretary of State tonight. Hunt said he was "she she didn't want him to go" and would have fired him with a "heavy heart".

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".

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