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Tory Education Twitter Feed And Former Minister Tim Loughton In Bizarre Spat

26/03/2013 18:28 GMT | Updated 27/03/2013 10:31 GMT

An extraordinary war of words has broken out between a Conservative former Children's Minister and the "Tory Education" twitter feed.

There has been much speculation as to who is behind the @toryeducation account, which has almost 7,800 followers and tweets news from the Department for Education.

It describes itself as "pantomime villain of leftie education folk."

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On Tuesday it accused Tim Loughton, the Tory MP who lost his job as Children's Minsiter in September as part of a government reshuffle, of lying in a row over the publication of a child protection report in Doncaster.

Loughton had written that it was "time 4 a senior DfE source to come out from cloak of anonymity and face scrutiny rather than rewriting history shamelessly?"

The Tory Education feed then posted a link to an article in which a senior Department for Education source branded Loughton a 'lazy incompetent narcissist obsessed only with self-promotion', with the words 'says it all.'

It denied it was the source of the story.

A Conservative Party spokeswoman said the @toryeducation feed was "not one of ours."

A Department for Education spokesperson said: “This is not a Department for Education account.

"If we were to receive any evidence that anyone connected with the DfE had broken the Special Advisers Code or the Civil Service Code, then we would take appropriate steps.”