Tory minister forced to resign after claims of inappropriate behaviour and pornography found on a computer

Late 2007 – early 2008

A series of leaked official documents from the Home Office are published in national newspapers, embarrassing Gordon Brown’s government. The Met police are asked to investigate, and then assistant commissioner Bob Quick takes charge of the inquiry.

19 November 2008

Junior Home Office official and former Tory council candidate Christopher Galley is arrested in connection with the leaked documents, which were obtained by the Conservative party. He is released on bail.

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.

Late 2008

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.

8 April 2009

Assistant Met commissioner Bob Quick is forced to resign before the leaks inquiry can be completed after he was photographed carrying sensitive anti-terror documents for a meeting in No 10. Quick later suggests he would not have had to resign if his inquiry had not arrested Green.

16 April 2009

Keir Starmer QC, then director of public prosecutions, ends a £5m five-month police investigation into Damian Green and Christopher Galley after concluding there was insufficient evidence to prosecute either man because the information leaked to Green on the government’s immigration policy was not secret and did not affect national security or put lives at risk.

24 April 2009

Home office civil servant Christopher Galley is sacked for leaking information to Damian Green on the grounds of gross professional misconduct.