Expenses claims and a sex scandal wiped from MPs’ Wikipedia pages by computer users inside Parliament before election
- More than a dozen MPs’ Wikipedia pages edited from PCs in the Commons
- Parliament computers used to delete details of a sex scandal and expenses
- Anyone can edit entries on the site, but record is made of user’s IP address
- Tory Robert Blackman’s page was edited to delete details of 11-year affair
A sex scandal and expenses claims were deleted from the Wikipedia pages of MPs from computers inside the House of Commons before the election.
More than a dozen MPs’ entries were edited from computers traced back to Parliament in the run-up to May 7, including details of Conservative Gavin Barwell’s arrest and fellow Tory Stewart Jackson’s habit of using ‘chauffeur-driven cars’.
Anyone can make changes to pages on the Wikipedia site, but a record is made of the Internet Protocol (IP) address – a unique numbered code of the computer used.
The Wikipedia pages of Labour’s Geraint Davies (left) and Tory backbencher Bob Blackman (right) were both edited from computers inside the Commons before the election
IP addresses are unique identifying codes assigned to every computer, and this is how the edits were linked back to the Commons.
An investigation by the Daily Telegraph found changes were made persistently on certain MPs’ biographies, suggesting deliberate efforts were made to hide information before polling day.
The changes were made across the political spectrum, with Conservative and Labour MPs affected.
Tory backbencher Robert Blackman’s entry was edited so all links to news stories about an 11-year affair were erased, it was reported.
The MP’s affair is said to have started with fellow councillor Carol Shaw just a year after he married his wife Nicola, when all three of them worked for Brent Council in north London.
Ms Shaw accused him of hypocrisy in 2012 after he campaigned to safeguard marriage between ‘one man and one woman’.
Caroline Dinenage’s (left) entry was edited from someone in Westminster to remove details of her voting against gay marriage, while local newspaper criticism was removed from Gavin Barwell’s (right)
Conservative Craig Whittaker’s entry was also edited to remove any mention of his arrest for allegedly assaulting his son in 2012, the newspaper reported.
Mr Whittaker was later released without charge.
Labour’s Geraint Davies spent £2,285 on his kitchen and £1,500 on his living room on expenses, but all references to this were seemingly removed from his Wikipedia page.
Enfield North MP Joan Ryan’s page is also said to have had details of her expenses claims deleted. Ms Ryan – who lost her seat in 2010 but won it back earlier this month – was criticised for spending thousands on refurbishing her home before ‘flipping’ it to another property.
Her Wikipedia page was even changed to remove claims Commons computers had been used to edit her profile.
Former Conservative minister Stephen Hammond frequently used chauffeur-driven cars while in government but this information was removed from his page.
Meanwhile fellow Tory Stewart Jackson’s page appeared to have lost all details of how David Cameron was ‘appalled’ by Conservative expenses claims.
The biography of Gavin Barwell, also a Conservative MP, was changed to drop allegations by a local newspaper of ‘persistent attempts at headline-grabbing’.
Earlier this month, the Sunday Times reported that Equalities Minister Caroline Dinenage’s entry was edited from someone in Westminster to remove details of her voting against gay marriage.
A spokesman for the MP for Gosport said she was ‘unaware’ who had made the changes but said some of the edits contained ‘inaccuracies’.
Mr Blackman and Mr Whittaker declined to comment. The other MPs have been contacted for comment.
THE EXACT CHANGES MADE TO MPS’ PAGES FROM WITHIN PARLIAMENT
Stephen Hammond: Conservative MP for Wimbledon and junior transport minister
Removed: ‘In spite of his keenness for sports, he does not particularly like walking. He has recently been revealed as one of the most frequent users of the chauffeur-driven cars which carry ministers or their red boxes across the UK, according to official documents. This is in spite of the fact he lives a mere six miles from Westminster.’
Joan Ryan: Labour MP for Enfield North
Removed: ‘In May 2009, it was reported that Ryan had claimed more than £4,500 under the Additional Costs Allowance for work on a house she had designated as her second home. In February 2010, based on an audit report looking into the United Kingdom parliamentary expenses scandal, Ryan was asked to repay £5,121 mortgage interest.’
Also removed: ‘In 2012, The Independent reported that “[a]t least 10 attempts have been made from computers in Parliament to remove information about [Ryan’s] expenses claims and a further 20 efforts to delete the information, some from her constituency of Enfield, have also been recorded in Wikipedia’s logs. The sustained effort has proved successful and there is now no mention of Ms Ryan’s Parliamentary expenses on her Wikipedia page.”‘
Joan Ryan’s page was changed to remove details of her expenses claims – as well as comments on Commons computers being used to edit her Wikipedia page
Craig Whittaker: Conservative MP for Calder Valley
Removed: ‘In 2012, Craig Whittaker was arrester [sic] for assaulting his son in a petrol station.’ He was later released without charge.’
Gavin Barwell: Conservative MP for Croydon Central
Removed: ‘The local paper the Croydon Advertiser called on Mr Barwell to “stop launching campaigns” and persistent attempts at headline-grabbing in December 2014, saying “Gavin, we get it, there’s an election on.”‘
Geraint Davies: Labour MP for Swansea West
Changed from: ‘According to the Daily Telegraph Davies spent £4,000 renovating his designated second home before losing his seat in 2005 – £2,285 on the kitchen two years before the election deadline and £1,500 on the living room expecting to be returned as an MP in 2005 having increased the Labour vote to 47.2% versus the Conservatives at 38.2%. It also claimed he was reimbursed for late night taxi fares which were not then permitted.’
To: ‘The Telegraph claimed he spent £4,000 renovating his designated second home before the 2005 election – having increased the Labour vote to 47.2% versus the Conservatives at 38.2% in 2001, and that he was reimbursed for late night taxi fares before such claims were permitted.’
The WIkipedia page of Geraint Davies (pictured with Ken Livingstone) was edited to remove exact details of expenses claims
Stewart Jackson: Conservative MP for Peterborough
Removed: ‘David Cameron, leader of Jackson’s Conservative Party, declared himself appalled at the raft of revelations made by the Telegraph relating to claims submitted by some of his parliamentary party colleagues, and stated that disciplinary action could be taken against those who had acted illegally or outside of the rules.’
Robert Blackman: Conservative MP for Harrow East
Removed: ‘Alex Wellman, “Caught with his pants down: Top Tory MP who praised sanctity of marriage had 11-YEAR AFFAIR”, Daily Mirror, 15 December 2012.
‘”Quote of the day: “Bob was a terrible lover …”, London Evening Standard, 17 December 2012.’
DID GRANT SHAPPS DOCTOR WIKIPEDIA PAGES OF POLITICAL RIVALS?
Former Tory party chairman Grant Shapps was accused of doctoring Wikipedia pages to promote himself weeks before the election
Former Tory party chairman Grant Shapps was accused of doctoring Wikipedia pages to promote himself at the expense of his political rivals just weeks before the General Election.
Mr Shapps, who is now Minister without Portfolio, denied the claims made in the Guardian, describing them as an ‘extreme dirty tricks campaign’.
Wikipedia suspended an anonymous user of the site, known only as ‘Contribsx’, after finding evidence it said suggested the account was run either by Mr Shapps or under his ‘clear direction’.
It cited a series of amendments made by the user to pages of the site, around one third of which involved removing embarrassing references on Mr Shapps’s own page.
Other changes included adding critical language to the pages of senior Tories including Justine Greening and election campaign chief Lynton Crosby.
The timing and content of some of the edits appear to tally with instances when Mr Shapps clashed with the subject of the changes.
The Tories described the story as ‘completely false and defamatory’.
Mr Shapps said: ‘It’s categorically untrue. It’s absolutely nothing to do with me. It’s just ridiculous. It looks like an extreme dirty tricks campaign designed to do anything but talk about policies.’
But it emerged in 2012 that changes to Mr Shapps’s Wikipedia page were made from computers in his constituency office.
At the time, he said he had amended pages claiming he was ‘a Jehovah’s Witness, agnostic or crashed a car into a school wall’.
HOW EDITS WERE TRACED BACK TO HOUSE OF COMMONS COMPUTERS
Anyone can edit a Wikipedia page, but when they do, an IP (Internet Protocol) address ‘signature’ is left behind.
Every computer has an IP address – a numbered code used to identify PCs.
Using this information, the source of any edits to Wikipedia pages can be traced.
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