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Blackpool Council conference accidentally shows pornography

Blackpool Council has issued an apology, after an incident in which pornography was accidentally displayed at a Blackpool Council staff conference.

A video about the town was played on equipment which had been supplied by an external company, but a window showing a topless woman was also visible.

The conference took place on 5 November at the Opera House inside the Winter Gardens, and was attended by council leader Coun Simon Blackburn.

Cllr Tony Williams, leader of the Conservative opposition group on the council, commented: "Unfortunately, and to the obvious embarrassment and astonishment of all involved, as well as the video containing images of Blackpool, it also had an in-screen window of pornography which was seen by hundreds of members of staff.

"If it wasn't so serious it would be hilarious, exposing just how clumsy and badly managed this council really is.

"For some of the people there, this was very upsetting. We need assurances this won't happen again and there needs to be a full, independent investigation into how it happened.

A Blackpool Council spokesperson said: "The audio-visual arrangements for the conference were handled by an external company using their own laptop.

"We have asked them to carry out a thorough investigation as to how this happened. A full apology was made to delegates during the conference for any offence caused."