18 August 2013 - 11:31am | posted by | 0 comments

Tory MP in 'Wikipedia battle with wife' as altered entries traced to Houses of Parliament

MP Mark PritchardMP Mark Pritchard

A Tory MP and his estranged wife have been reportedly engaging in a 'Wiki war' over who was to blame for the break-up of their marriage.

The Daily Mail claims that Sonia Pritchard altered her husband Mark's Wikipedia page to accuse him of 'abandoning her by text message after 16 years of marriage'.

The damaging entry was then deleted and replaced by an alternative version of events. The Mail says it has traced most of the alterations back to computers at the Houses of Parliament, where the pair both work.

The paper suggests that a username used on the site to make alterations in Mark Pritchard's favour, Figaro2000, would befit a man who is treasurer of the parliamentary opera group.

However Mr Pritchard, a former marketing director, denies editing his Wikipedia page to improve his reputation.

He said in a statement: "I informed my ex-wife, in person, that I was going to file for divorce the day I left home. Over subsequent days, I confirmed that decision through another conversation, a legal letter, and by text.

"Since then, friends claim she may have abused the Wiki site to try to cause me embarrassment and make inaccurate claims. I did not edit any item on my Wiki page."

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