It’ll be lonely this Christmas – PM loses closest ally

PUBLISHED: 10:52 21 December 2017 | UPDATED: 10:52 21 December 2017

Prime Minister Theresa May alongside Damian Green who has resigned as First Secretary of State, amid allegations that pornographic material was found on a Commons computer in 2008.

Prime Minister Theresa May alongside Damian Green who has resigned as First Secretary of State, amid allegations that pornographic material was found on a Commons computer in 2008.

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He had to go – but it is very bad news for Theresa May.

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In normal circumstances Damian Green would not have been able to hang on this long.

But these are not normal times and the Prime Minister was desperate to cling on to her closest political friend. He is more than that to Theresa May though – they have known each other for years and are true friends even away from politics.

The Cabinet is a vipers nest now. Those against May outnumber those who back her. Green was a vital protector.

But don’t expect Green’s departure to unleash another round of chaos in Downing Street. Number 10 is certainly not strong but for the time being – buoyed by the progression to phase two Brexit talks – it is stable.

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