Demoted Grant Shapps faced awkward first meeting with his new boss, whose Wikipedia page he was accused of editing

He was removed as Conservative party chairman in David Cameron's reshuffle and given a junior role under Justine Greening at International Development

Matt Dathan
Tuesday 12 May 2015 19:07 BST
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Grant Shapps' first meeting with his new boss Justine Greening must have been awkard.

The former Conservative party chairman, who was demoted to a junior ministerial role in the International Development department as David Cameron appointed his new Government, was accused last month of editing Justine Greening's Wikipedia page.

Ms Greening was re-appointed as International Development Secretary and retains her Cabinet position, unlike Mr Shapps.

Justine Greening, the International Development Secretary and Grant Shapps' new boss
Justine Greening, the International Development Secretary and Grant Shapps' new boss (Getty Images)

Her Wikipedia page was altered with rather disparaging and unhelpful edits by one of the online encyclopaedia's users - named 'Contribsx'.

Ms Greening's Wikipedia entry was among a handful of high profile Conservative ministers' pages that 'Contribsx' decided to change, including another figure Mr Shapps is likely to work closely with in his new role - Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond.

A user claiming to be a Wikipedia administrator reported and suspended the 'Contribsx' account on suspicion it was being used by Mr Shapps or “someone acting on his behalf”.

Among the edits made to Ms Greening's Wikipedia page by the 'Contribsx' user was a reference to her failure to support the Government's support for intervening in Syria and also added in detail about her opposition to a third runway at Heathrow.

The user added this to her page: “In the runup to the 2012 cabinet reshuffle Greening said it would be difficult to serve in a cabinet which was in favour of a third runway."

Pointing out her failure to vote on military action in Syria, 'Contribsx' wrote that Ms Greening was "reportedly chatting to another minister in a room behind the chamber and failed to notice that the division bell had sounded.”

Mr Shapps categorically denied he had any involvement in editing the pages.

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