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MPs computers used to access gay dating, hardcore porn websites

MPs computers used to access gay dating, hardcore porn websites

Parliamentary computers have been used to access gay cruising and hardcore pornography websites thousands of times over a 14 month period.

The Mail on Sunday revealed gay cruising websites were accessed 3,459 times on computers used by members of parliament, peers and staff between May 2011 and July 2012.

On May 2011, a gay dating website was accessed 2,878 alone.

Pornography accessed by parliamentary computers include sadomasochism, foot and fat fetishism, and a website featuring naked women lying next to cats.

When asked for an explanation, a parliamentary spokeswoman said the sites may have been visited accidentally.

She said: ‘A user may access a site that contains optional or automatic links to another which are recorded without active connection.

‘But where there is trustworthy evidence that an employee has breached the acceptable use policy, it is treated as an issue subject to disciplinary procedures.

‘However, direct employees of Parliament are not the only users of the parliamentary network.’

The visits are a breach of parliamentary IT rules, which bar online ‘pornography’, ‘nudity’ and ‘adult/mature content’. The system is supposed to automatically block ‘personals/dating’ websites.

Harry Potter, a barrister specializing in obscenity cases, said: ‘Having viewed the material, it does not in my opinion fall foul of the law as constituting extreme pornography.

‘It is, however, undoubtedly hardcore pornography.’

A site allowing users to choose which MPs have the ‘most sex appeal’ was also clicked 12,371 times.