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Cameron's Twitter account 'favourites' offensive tweet

The Prime Minister's official Twitter account has marked a highly offensive tweet as a "favourite" on the social networking site. The tweet, from a user mocking former Tory chairman Lord Tebbit, was posted in response to the Prime Minister's message of condolence for victims of the Nairobi terror attack.

Mr Cameron warned about the danger of Twitter before he signed up to the website and it is the second time his account has been involved in an embarrassing mistake.

David Cameron's Twitter account Credit: @David_Cameron

The error occurred after the account, run by the Prime Minister and Tory aides, posted a message saying he had given his condolences to Kenya's president Uhuru Kenyatta after the attack and added that Foreign Secretary William Hague would make a statement.

The reply, which was mistakenly marked as a favourite, said: "@David--Cameron please call off @WilliamHague, hasn't Kenya suffered enough today?"

Prime Minister David Cameron. Credit: Alastair Grant/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The user's profile coupled an offensive username with an image of Lord Tebbit in the aftermath of the Brighton bombing. The Mail Online website said the error was made overnight by one of the aides running the Tory leader's Twitter account.

This is a deeply offensive account that the Prime Minister would never want to be associated with.Clearly the Tweet was favourited by mistake and was removed as soon as it was realised.

– David Cameron's spokesman

In July Mr Cameron posted a message in support of Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith's welfare reforms but blundered by including the name of a spoof account for the Cabinet minister.

Suspicions about the @IDS--MP account should have been raised by examining messages posted by "Iain Duncan Smith" including: "I've always supported a Mansion Tax. Your Tax buys my Mansion. Chin chin!"