After being sacked as Deputy PM for lying about a porn stash on his computer, Damian Green has been undergoing a political rehabilitation in recent weeks.
Green asked a jokey question to Theresa May at PMQs last month and now he’s making interventions on issues like Brexit and social care like nothing’s happened.
But his comments on the Today programme this morning about the sexual harassment claims made against him by Kate Maltby have raised questions about whether he’s fit to be back at the centre of public life.
Maltby alleges that Green touched her knee after saying his wife was “very understanding” and later send her a “suggestive” text message after seeing a photo of her in a corset.
Today, the Tory MP insisted he “didn’t behave inappropriately” and called the text message a “joke.”
Listen to his full comments below:
Maltby responded to his comments on Twitter, saying Green’s denial went to the heart of the problem:
I have one response to Damian Green's interview on Today & then will get on with my day.
I said on Day 1 that I could tell DG didn't think his behaviour was wrong. That is the problem. Why we need change.
Here's what I actually wrote, to which his response was libel lawyers. pic.twitter.com/oAuXoVg1Or
— KateMaltby (@KateMaltby) February 20, 2018
His comments have also drawn criticism from political journalists and activists:
It’s extraordinary that Damian Green still thinks he didn’t act inappropriately towards Kate Maltby, given that the inquiry found her account plausible. I think he needs a longer period of reflection. #r4today
— Jane Merrick (@janemerrick23) February 20, 2018
— Catherine Mayer (@catherine_mayer) February 20, 2018
Damian Green digging an ever deeper hole for himself on @BBCr4today. Says his corset text to Kate Maltby was “a joke”, adds: “I still don’t believe I did anything inappropriate”.
— Tom Newton Dunn (@tnewtondunn) February 20, 2018
Cancel the come back tour…
MORE: Read Maltby’s full account of Green’s behaviour here: http://www.katemaltby.com/damian-green-probably-has-no-idea-how-awkward-i-felt/