Damian Green at the DUP conference [Image: Nigel Dodds, DUP].

“We do not comment on ongoing investigations,” said a Downing Street spokesperson – but an interim report has been on Theresa May’s desk for a week, and she has dithered over it.

Downing Street has also stated that the full report by Ms Gray may never be published.

Now the Torygraph tells us Mrs May has drawn up plans for an emergency reshuffle in case Mr Green is forced to resign (yes -resign, because, if he’s sacked, he won’t keep his fat pension).

These are items of circumstantial evidence, maybe, but they suggest that the contents of that report may not be entirely positive.

I already said Damian Green is finished. Every new story brings us closer to the moment he admits it.

The man who is effectively Theresa May’s deputy prime minister was at the Democratic Unionist Party’s annual conference, where he addressed a fringe meeting and met its leader Arlene Foster.

The First Secretary was photographed smiling under the DUP’s conference slogan “Standing Strong”, which may or may not be indicative of Mr Green’s frame of mind at present.

A report by Sue Gray, the Cabinet Office’s head of propriety and ethics, into allegations of impropriety and allegations that extreme pornography was found on Mr Green’s office computer is expected to conclude this week.

Her findings may seal the Cabinet minister’s fate.

Although no legal action can now be taken against anyone for the images, Ms Gray’s inquiry into Mr Green’s conduct has been examining the allegations and his initial response to them.

It was ordered by Mrs May following a claim that he made an inappropriate advance to journalist Kate Maltby. Mr Green said the claim is “untrue and deeply hurtful”.

Reports have claimed that May has drawn up plans for an emergency reshuffle in case her deputy is forced to resign.

A Downing St spokesman said: “We do not comment on ongoing investigations.”

Source: Damian Green smiles and carries on as he faces high noon over inquiry into his behaviour

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