David Lammy, the Labour MP for Tottenham, has been fined £5,000 by the Information Commissioner for making over 35,000 nuisance phone calls.
Lammy had made 35,629 recorded calls as part of his campaign to become the Labour candidate for London Mayor. Lammy authorised calls to be made in August 2015 to Labour Party members but he didn’t perform the required checks on whether the party had permission from members to receive calls.
Christopher Graham, the Information Commissioner, said:
“The rules apply to political groups canvassing for votes in the same way they apply to salespeople offering a discount on double glazing. If you want to call someone in this way, you must follow these rules. Mr Lammy did not, and that is why he has been fined.
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”.
“Mr Lammy’s team should have known there were special controls in place around calls with recorded messages. Not only have we published detailed guidance on political campaigning on our website, but we have contacted political parties directly to remind them of the rules”.