Parliament Staff Made Over 24,000 Attempts To View Porn Sites Over 4 Month Period

New data has revealed that there have been more than 24,000 attempts to access pornographic websites in parliament over a four month period following the general election.

A total of 24,473 attempts to access porn from computers and other devices connected to the British parliamentary network were made by MPs, peers and staff between June and October 2017 . This makes an average of around 160 attempts day.

The figures emerged following a freedom of information request by the Press Association.

The Mirror reports: It comes after a sex harassment scandal gripped Westminster, which saw Theresa May sack her de facto deputy Damian Green after he made “misleading” statements about allegations that police found pornography on computers in his parliamentary office in 2008.

Mr Green continued to deny “unfounded and deeply hurtful” claims that he downloaded or viewed the material.

The data, released after a Freedom of Information request by the Press Association, shows a spike in attempts to visit the sites in September, with 9,467 requests from the Lords and the Commons.

But parliamentary authorities say the majority of attempts are not deliberate.

The figures also show a sharp decrease in attempts to access pornographic websites in recent years.

In 2016, the filtering system blocked 113,208 attempts, down from 213,020 the previous year.

Meanwhile, MPs accused of sexual harassment could be suspended or kicked out of Parliament under plans being considered by a cross-party group of MPs, it emerged yesterday.

The panel has been tasked with creating a new complaints system to root out abuse.

Commons Leader Andrea Leadsom told The Sunday Times: “We are going to put our house in order so that we can say across the workplace that people feel safe, respected and valued and are treated with decency.

“The ambition is enormous and the intention is for this to be a fundamental rethink of the culture of Parliament and will therefore require the sanctions to be tough, which is why the parties have had to look at the proposals very carefully.”