People in parliament are editing politicians’ Wikipedia pages to remove awkward information and add positive PR.
It’s against Wikipedia’s rules to edit with an obvious conflict of interest but- more than anything – editing the page of someone you’re associated with comes across as a little desperate.
There’s no way of knowing who is actually making the edits from parliament’s internet connection given politicians, researchers and visitors all have access. But whoever made them, most of these edits are pretty convenient for politicians.
These edits have been made within the last eighteen months:
8. Someone in parliament removed a section entitled “controversy” from the page of Labour’s shadow health secretary Andy Burnham.
The relevant Wikipedia section referenced a Guardian article by campaigner Julie Bailey who did call for Burnham to be sacked and have “nothing more to do with health policy”.
15. Someone in parliament deleted Ian Paisley Jr. MP’s views on homosexuality.
This definitely happened – or, to put it another way, someone in parliament would prefer if this comment was not on Ian Paisley’s Wikipedia page: “I am pretty repulsed by gay and lesbianism. I think it is wrong. I think that those people harm themselves and – without caring about it – harm society. That doesn’t mean to say that I hate them – I mean, I hate what they do.”