The Prime Minister’s de facto deputy was told to resign by Theresa May after she told him his conduct had breached the ministerial code of conduct and “fallen short” of the behaviour expected of ministers.
He is the third Cabinet minister to be forced from office in the past two months and means that Mrs May ends the year with another crisis after turning around the Brexit talks.
A seven-week inquiry found that he had misled the public in two statements he made last month denying the police had ever told him about the material being found in a raid on his office in 2008.
In fact, the police had raised it with his solicitor in 2008 and with him directly in 2013.
Mrs May was presented with Ms Gray’s report on Monday, and passed it to Sir Alex Allan, her independent adviser on ministerial standards, who agreed with its findings.
She told Mr Green to resign on Wednesday evening, and is not expected to replace him in the immediate future.