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Grant Shapps Accused Of Editing Wikipedia Pages Of Tory Rivals

21/04/2015 20:51 BST | Updated 21/04/2015 20:59 BST
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BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 28: Party chairman Grant Shapps (C) addresses delegates at the Conservative party conference on September 28, 2014 in Birmingham, England. The governing Conservative party are holding their yearly conference over the next four days. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

Wikipedia has blocked a user account on suspicions that it is being used by the Conservative party chairman, Grant Shapps, “or someone acting on his behalf” to edit his own page along with the entries of Tory rivals and political opponents.

The online encyclopedia, where pages are edited and created by readers, has tracked the changes made by a user called “Contribsx” who has systematically removed embarrassing references on Shapps’ Wikipedia page about the Tory chairman’s business activities as Michael Green, the self-styled millionaire web marketer.