Prime Minister Theresa May’s chief of staff Gavin Barwell is facing questions over his Twitter activity after his verified account replied to a tweet containing X-rated porn videos.
Married father-of-three Mr Barwell’s account responded to the tweet – which had three graphic clips showing people having sex – at 9.21pm on Monday.
One of the videos features a sex scene with “two schoolgirls” and their “mum”. The clips on the thread were from porn websites called Illustrated Interracial, Blacked and Moms Lick Teens.
The reply – which didn’t have any text other than Twitter handles – was still on Mr Barwell’s account on Wednesday morning, but it was deleted shortly after it was discovered by journalists.
It was unclear whether Mr Barwell sent the response himself or if he viewed any of the videos posted by an account called Twinkystar.
Mr Barwell, 46, a former Croydon Central MP who lost his seat in the 2017 general election, has a verified Twitter account with more than 22,000 followers.
The videos that his account responded to were posted on Twitter in March last year.
The Twitter accounts quoted in the reply from his account also contained X-rated content.
The tweet was first reported by the website Guido Fawkes, which claimed that the reply from Mr Barwell’s account was sent from an Android mobile phone.
Mirror Online has contacted Mr Barwell and the Prime Minister’s office for comment.
The reply was discovered amid a sleaze scandal at Westminster and claims that computers were used to access pornography.
In 2013, Mr Barwell, then a Tory MP, accused Labour of putting an “Arab dating” ad on a press release he read online.
But he was left red-faced when it was explained to him Google ads are based on the user’s “interests”.
He spotted the link next to a schools announcement put out on Twitter, and tweeted back: “I know you are short of cash but having an invitation to ‘date Arab girls’ at the top of your press release?”
Labour’s press team replied: “Oh dear.” It then posted a link to a Google Adsense help page.
The page stated: “In addition to seeing ads based on your interests, you may also see ads based on the types of sites you visit.”