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160 attempts to access porn sites each day at Parliament

COMPUTERS at Parliament tried to access porn websites at a rate of 160 times a day, it has emerged.

Some 24,473 attempts were made to contact X-rated sites between June and October, official figures reveal.

However, a parliamentary spokesman insisted the ‘vast majority’ of cases were not down to politicians or staff trying to watch porn. If a site tries to show the user a message while they are browsing the internet, it goes down as a blocked ‘attempt’.

‘All pornographic websites are blocked by Parliament’s computer network,’ the spokesman added.

‘Data shows the vast majority of “attempts” were “requests” to access websites, not visits to them.’ The figures come after Theresa May’s ally Damian Green (pictured) was fired as first minister amid a row over porn being found on his office computer in 2008.

The 61-year-old admitted he had been misleading by failing to disclose that police had discussed the discovery with his lawyers at the time.

However, he continued to deny ‘unfounded and hurtful’ claims that he downloaded or viewed the material.

The number of attempts to access porn was highest in September, hitting 9,467, the figures obtained via a freedom of information request show.

As well as the 8,500 computers used by MPs, peers and their staff, the data cover personal smartphones and tablets that are used when logged on to the guest wi-fi network at Parliament.

Full records for the year were not available because of changes in the way the data are held. The number of attempts fell to 113,208 in 2016 from 213,020 in 2015.