Richard Barnes, the former deputy mayor of London, has claimed that his Facebook account was hacked after a series of nude self-portraits appeared on his personal page.

The photos, which show a man with a naked lower half holding an iPhone in front of a bedroom mirror, were loaded up onto Facebook and deleted, but not before websites such as screengrabbed the images.

The 65-year-old Conservative member for Hillingdon Borough Council told the Metro: "[It was] utterly and totally a mistake. I've been hacked into. I've no idea [what happened]. I'm annoyed and shaking with anger.

"I'm a 65-year-old gay man on his's not the sort of thing I do. Do you really think I would be that f****** stupid after 30 years in politics."

While Barnes has blamed the incident on his Facebook account being hacked, there was speculation on that it may have actually been caused by a bug in Apple's new iOS 7, which causes photos on iPhones to be automatically uploaded to Facebook.

Barnes was London Mayor Boris Johnson's deputy between May 2008 and May 2012.