Deputy PM Damian Green forced to deny sleaze claims

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  • Damian Green has been accused of making advances towards Kate Maltby, 31
  • Miss Maltby said Mr Green sent her a text after seeing photo of her in a corset 
  • During message he is alleged to have asked if she was ‘free for a drink anytime?’
  • Miss Maltby also said he put a ‘fleeting hand’ against her knee during a meeting

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Theresa May’s deputy was yesterday accused of making inappropriate advances towards a Tory activist three decades his junior.

Damian Green, the first secretary of state, was referred to the cabinet secretary by Downing Street after it was claimed he sent the woman a text message about how he had admired her in a corset.

Kate Maltby, a critic and academic involved in Conservative politics, revealed the message and described a meeting between them in a bar where they discussed sexual affairs within parliament.

The revelations came after Mr Green was named as being on the Westminster sexual harassment dossier over highly disputed historical claims he used an adultery website.

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Damian Green, the first secretary of state

Damian Green, the first secretary of state

Kate Maltby, a critic and academic involved in Conservative politics,

Kate Maltby, a critic and academic involved in Conservative politics,

First secretary of state, Damian Green (left)  has been accused of making advances towards Kate Maltby, 31 (right)

According to the latest allegations, Miss Maltby, 31, said he told her ‘his wife was very understanding’ and put a ‘fleeting hand against my knee – so brief, it was almost deniable’.

Writing in the Times, she said the encounter with Mr Green left her feeling ‘angry’.

Then following the publication of a photograph of her wearing a corset, Mr Green, who was not a minister at the time, text her.

The message 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?’

Mr Green said last night: ‘It is absolutely and completely untrue that I’ve ever made any sexual advances on Ms Maltby.’

Miss Maltby (pictured) said Mr Green sent her a text after seeing a photo of her in a corset

Miss Maltby (pictured) said Mr Green sent her a text after seeing a photo of her in a corset

Miss Maltby (pictured) said Mr Green sent her a text after seeing a photo of her in a corset

He said they had known each other since 2014 and had had a drinks as friends twice a year.

He added: ‘The text I sent after she appeared in a newspaper article was sent in that spirit – as two friends agreeing to meet for a regular catch up – and nothing more.

‘This untrue allegation has come as a complete shock and is deeply hurtful, especially from someone I considered a personal friend.’

A Downing Street spokesperson said: ‘An allegation has been made in relation to the First Secretary of State, which he strongly denies.

‘The Prime Minister has referred the matter to the Cabinet Secretary to establish the facts and report back as soon as possible.’

The First Secretary of State strenuously denied accusations two years ago that he was a member of the Ashley Madison site after his private email address was found among millions leaked by hackers.

But a redacted version of the Westminster sex dossier, published yesterday, listed a Cabinet minister together with the words Ashley Madison. 

A Downing Street spokesperson said the Prime Minister had referred the allegations to the Cabinet Secretary to 'establish the facts and report back as soon as possible’

A Downing Street spokesperson said the Prime Minister had referred the allegations to the Cabinet Secretary to 'establish the facts and report back as soon as possible’

A Downing Street spokesperson said the Prime Minister had referred the allegations to the Cabinet Secretary to ‘establish the facts and report back as soon as possible’

Shortly afterwards, Mr Green was named in reports as being the minister identified by the dossier.

THE DOSSIER IN NUMBERS 

The controversial dossier runs to 40 names in total, and encompasses all levels of the Tory party.

It features six Cabinet-level ministers.

There are a dozen lower-ranking ministers.

Some 10 former ministers, including a handful who served in the highest ranks of government, are also on the roll call.

But while a number of the MPs are alleged to have acted inappropriately, around 15 of the claims relate to consensual relationships or personal sexual preferences – without any apparent misconduct. 

Both he and Downing Street yesterday refused to discuss the contested claim. 

The Prime Minister’s spokesman would not say whether she had confidence specifically in MrGreen, but said: ‘The Prime Minister has confidence in her government and her ministers in getting on with the job.’

The allegation first emerged in 2015 when MrGreen’s email address appeared on a hacked list of members of the dating site for married people wanting to cheat on their spouses. 

The email address was apparently used from a computer in Parliament in 2007 to register with the site.

Whoever enrolled with Ashley Madison typed in the maiden name of Mr Green’s mother for the security question. 

According to the hacked information, the profile linked to his email address stated: ‘I’m looking for some NSA [no strings attached] fun with a woman who has an ache for good sex.’

At the time Mr Green, 61, who has been married since 1988 and has two children, categorically denied any involvement with the dating site, saying: ‘I have never registered for an account with Ashley Madison.’

And Ashley Madison admitted that it did not verify email addresses so it was possible to use the site with someone else’s address. 

Who’s inside the Tory ‘dirty dossier’

MARK MENZIES 

Allegations: Used male prostitutes

Reality: He quit as a ministerial aid in 2014 after denying allegations involving 19-year-old Rogerio dos Santos Pinto who claimed the MP had offered him £250 for a two-hour sex session after a tour of Parliament.

STEPHEN CRABB

Allegations:  Inappropriate relationships with women

Reality: Former Cabinet Minister Stephen Crabb has admitted sending ‘explicit’ messages to a 19-year-old woman after a job interview at Westminster. Mr Crabb admitted saying ‘pretty outrageous things’ to her two days ago. Last year, Mr Crabb announced he was running for the Conservative Party Leadership but stepped down from the race after texting a woman in her twenties that he wanted to kiss her ‘everywhere’. His messages were leaked to The Times by a source, who said they were concerned by the ‘hypocrisy’ of Mr Crabb, who said he could be trusted on his values and judgment. 

MARK GARNIER

Allegations: Inappropriate behaviour with women 

Reality: The Member of Parliament for Wyre Forest is accused of allegedly asking his assistant to buy two vibrators from a sex shop. Commons secretary Caroline Edmondson also told The Mail on Sunday last week that he called her ‘sugar t*ts’ in front of witnesses. He said: ‘I’m not going to deny it, because I’m not going to be dishonest,’ he said. ‘I’m going to have to take it on the chin.’  The dossier also claims he acted in an inappropriate manner with women.

AMBER RUDD

Allegations: Workplace relationship

Reality: The Home Secretary has been included on the list due to her relationship with Tory MP Kwasi Kwarteng. Ms Rudd, who was previously married to the late A.A. Gill from 1990 to 1995, is understood to have started her relationship with Mr Kwarteng from 2009. 

STEVE DOUBLE

Allegation: Affair with female researcher 

Reality: The St Austell MP admitted having an affair with aide Sarah Bunt, 26, in June last year after rumours began circulating of their relationship during the summer. Mrs Bunt was hired to work alongside his wife Anne, 51, in his constituency office of St Austell and Newquay. He later confessed to the affair, which lasted for a few weeks, and told newspapers that if he had ‘known the grief it has caused I would not have done it [given Mrs Bunt the job]’. Mrs Double said she would stand by her husband.

JAKE BERRY

Allegations: ‘Impregnated’ Tory aide

Reality: The Rossendale MP has been named after having a son, Milo, with his partner Alice Robinson, a former Tory aide. Speaking to the Manchester Evening News, he said the pair were ‘really happy’ at their son’s arrival in March. Mr Berry, 38, announced in September last year that he and his former wife of seven years, Charlotte Alexa, had divorced amicably. 

JUSTIN TOMLINSON

Allegations: Relationship with researcher 

Reality: In July last year the MP for North Swindon had ‘amicably’ split up with his wife and begun a relationship with researcher Katherine Bennett. Mr Tomlinson, 40, confirmed that he had grown apart from his wife Jo Wheeler and the pair divorced in 2015. Ms Bennett, 26, revealed they were in a relationship after posting about it on Facebook.

ROBERT HALFON 

Allegation:  Affair

Reality: In 2015, the Essex MP admitted to having an affair with PR executive Alexandra Paterson after claiming Tory director Mark Clarke tried to get film of him leaving a London club with Miss Paterson. 

In a statement released by the Conservative Party, Mr Halfon, who is unmarried but has a long term partner, said: ‘What I did was wrong, and I feel ashamed. I am not proud of myself. The most important thing to me is to continue to repair my relationship with my partner.’

He told a Sunday newspaper he had kept quiet about the alleged threat until Mr Johnson’s death. He said: ‘Mark Clarke is an appalling man – I wish I had never met him. I was stupid.’ 

DAMIAN GREEN 

Allegation: Member of dating website for married men 

Reality: The First Secretary of State strenuously denied accusations two years ago that he was a member of the Ashley Madison site after his private email address was found among millions leaked by hackers.

But a redacted version of the Westminster sex dossier, published yesterday, listed a Cabinet minister together with the words Ashley Madison.

Since accused of making inappropriate advances towards a Tory activist three decades his junior. 

SIR BOB STEWART

Allegation: Inappropriate with women 

Reality:  Last year Sir Bob sparked a Westminster sexism row by labelling a female reporter ‘totty’ but said he was just ‘old fashioned’ and ‘actually being really nice’. 

He made the jibe at the Spectator’s assistant editor Isabel Hardman 

Sir Bob says he is being unfairly targeted and has ‘never been rude to a woman in my life’. 

MICHAEL FABRICANT

Allegation:  ‘Inappropriate with a male journalist in a taxi’

Reality: Mr Fabricant says he’s a victim of a smear

He said: ‘I am listed over a single incident where I was said to be ‘inappropriate with a male journalist in a taxi’. What does that mean?

‘Was it a risqué joke that I told? If it were anything noteworthy, surely the journalist would have either written it up as a juicy story – or smacked me in the mouth?’

GRANT SHAPPS

Allegation:  Affair

Reality: Mr Shapps said that it was one of several ‘vicious smears’ used by opponents during the election. No evidence of any affair

LIAM FOX

Allegation: Spreadsheet simply says: ‘Adam Werritty’

Reality:  Liam broke the ministerial code in his dealings with his lobbyist friend and best man Adam Werritty . Dr Fox met Mr Werritty on 40 occasions at the Ministry of Defence and on overseas trips despite him having no official role. A register of Westminster lobbying groups was created to try to prevent a repeat of a similar incident. No allegations were of a sexual nature 

 

 

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