Lammy apologises over nuisance calls

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David Lammy

Strain MP David Lammy has apologised «unreservedly» after being fined £5,000 for instigating ass calls urging people to back his London mayoral bid.

The 35,629 calls occupy oneself ined a recorded message urging support for his failed cam ign to be Labour’s applicant.

Information Commissioner Christopher Graham said the same rules administer to canvassing for votes as apply «to offering a discount on double glazing».

People pick up Mr Lammy’s calls had not given permission to receive them.

This meant, mutual understanding to the Information Commissioner’s Office investigation, Mr Lammy had broken the rules set out in the Retirement and Electronic Communication Regulations.

Mr Graham said: «If you want to ask someone in this way, you must follow these rules. Mr Lammy did not, and that is why he has been fined.

«It’s not okay enough to assume the people you’re contacting probably won’t mind. The law requires you to receive permission before making calls with recorded messages. And if the law isn’t followed, the regulator on act.»

The calls were made in August 2015 using contact verses of rty members provided by the Labour rty. Mr Lammy did not make the additional find outs necessary to ensure he was able to contact the people with recorded words, the watchdog said.

Mr Graham said: «Mr Lammy’s team should should prefer to known there were special controls in place around rebuke a demands with recorded messages. Not only have we published detailed control on political cam igning on our website, but we have contacted political rties unswervingly to remind them of the rules.»

Mr Lammy came fourth in the contest behind year to become Labour’s candidate in the forthcoming London mayoral votings with 9.4% of first preferences.

He said: «I fully allow the Information Commissioner’s decision and apologise unreservedly to any Labour rty associate or registered supporter that felt upset at receiving an automated address from my cam ign.

«If I had known that additional permission was required to restore b succeed automated calls then I would have sought it before any on duties were made.»

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