28/07/2016 10:47 BST

Toby Perkins Confirms Model Pictures On Twitter Was A Hack, Not Un-Subtle Career Move

It turned out the messages were not part of a risky social media strategy.

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Perkins had his account compromised - much to the hilarity of some users - on Thursday

A Labour MP has confirmed his Twitter account is “back in safe hands” after it was hacked to imitate a female model.

Toby Perkins, MP for Chesterfield, originally had his social media account compromised on Thursday morning. 

The former armed service shadow minister had his name changed on Twitter to ‘Anne Nelson’ with a display picture update too.

The account also posted an image of a model in her underwear posing on a sofa with the caption “I love to show my body on here ❤️👉”

The post sent from Twitter account @topyperkinsmp 

In the absence of any confirmation from Perkins, some speculated about whether the posts were a hack or “a very risky social media stratergy”. 

And a quip from one parody account of Thick of It character Peter Mannion wrote:

Perkins was forced assured his followers less than half an hour later that the post had definitely not been sent from him, saying: 

“Apologies for brief break in service, I believe my (temporarily hacked) Twitter account now back in safe hands.”

When asked by a reporter from news agency SWNS, Perkins said he had “no idea” how the hack happened. 

Although several users were disappointed at discovering Perkins’ post was a fake: