MP is exposed for cold calling and breaching the rules concerning the Privacy and Electronic Communication Regulations.
No body likes nuisance calls, (or cold calling) certainly not me and certainly not from double glazing companies, our industry has been accused for years of making calls without permission, however the rules are there for everyone, including politicians.
Needless to say, David Lammy who came 4th in last years vote for Mayor, was probably, innocently asking if constituents were prepared to vote for him, just as many companies simply wish to ask if homeowners are interested in their products.
However, in the same way that companies can be fined for breaches of these rules, so too can politicians. According to reports in the Sun, Mr Lammy made over 35,000 unsolicited calls over two days in August last year, but it took just 1 complaint to register his breach of the regulations and him receiving a £4,000 fine (assuming he pays promptly)
“It’s not good enough to assume the people you’re contacting probably won’t mind. The law requires you to have permission before making calls with recorded messages. And if the law isn’t followed, the regulator will act.”
In a statement Mr Lammy said: “I fully accept the Information Commissioner’s decision and apologise unreservedly to any Labour Party member or registered supporter that felt upset at receiving an automated call from my campaign.
“If I had known that additional permission was required to make automated calls then I would have sought it before any calls were made”