Senior Tory at centre of allegations due to attend DUP conference

First Secretary of State Damian Green will be at the DUP conference

Theresa May's most senior cabinet minister is due to attend today's DUP conference.

First Secretary of State Damian Green, who is facing allegations that he made an inappropriate advance to a young party activist and previously viewed pornography on his House of Commons computer, will be among a number of Tories attending the annual DUP get-together at La Mon hotel on the outskirts of east Belfast. The prime minister's second in command has dismissed the claims as "completely untrue".

It is understood Mr Green will attend a number of other engagements while in Northern Ireland but will not speak at the DUP conference. Conservative chief whip Julian Smith is expected to address the conference this afternoon.

In July, the DUP signed a confidence and supply deal with the Tories that could yield up to £1 billion for Northern Ireland.

Today's DUP gathering will also be addressed by Gibraltar's Chief Minister Fabian Picardo.

A probe into the allegations against Mr Green led by senior Whitehall official Sue Gray has yet to report its findings.

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