MPs are being prevented from surfing the internet for pornography and other 'inappropriate' material in their Commons offices, it is being claimed. A filter which blocks access to websites that contain "offensive or illegal content or are sources of malicious software" is being used to control MP's internet access.
The policy of censorship emerged after one MP was unable to access colleague Conservative MP Monty Bedwetter's stories on theSpoof.com site. In a complaint to the Common's IT Helpdesk, Mr Bedwetter said he did not believe theSpoof.com should be blocked, but said he thought the filter system may have made 'assumptions' about TheSpoof.com's content.
Mr Bedwetter, who also writes a column for the Daily Mail's site, said that "Just because a website is fatuous, misinformed, prejudiced and self-serving, it does not mean it should automatically be blocked."
"And that same argument," he said, "applies to TheSpoof.com".
However, when it was explained that the filter system also collects details about everything that individual MP's have accessed on the internet, Mr Bedwetter immediately withdrew his complaint and said that he thought the Commons IT staff were doing a 'sterling job'.