Tory MP apologises after emailing out spreadsheet of constituents complaining about US post-Brexit trade deal
- Credit: PA
A Suffolk MP has apologised after sending names and addresses of constituents unhappy with a possible US trade deal as an attachment in an e-mail.
The spreadsheet with details of 177 people was attached to the e-mail instead of a leaflet from the government explaining its food standards policies to people who had written to Dr Dan Poulter with concerns about changes to safety in light of UK government negotiations with America.
After the e-mails were sent out, recipients received seven further messages from the MP for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich's office asking for them to be recalled.
One person who received the e-mail, and wished to remain anonymous, told the East Anglian Daily Times: I'm pretty shocked and appalled that this data has been sent out to so many people without my knowledge or consent.
'They've obviously realised their mistake as they've sent out seven recall e-mail attempts. But something like this really shouldn't be happening, as that's now mine and 176 other people's home addresses and e-mail addresses which have been broadcast for anyone with this e-mail to see.'
Have your say
Send your letters for publication to The New European by emailing email@example.com and pick up an edition each Thursday for more comment and analysis. Find your nearest stockist here or subscribe to a print or digital edition for just £13. You can also join our readers' Facebook group to keep the discussion and debate going with thousands of fellow pro-Europeans.
Dr Poulter has reported his own office to the Information Commissioner and insisted it was an 'insolated case'.
You may also want to watch:
He told the local newspaper: 'In the first instance, I would like to apologise unreservedly on behalf of my office to those affected. This is not something that has happened in my office before and the privacy of my constituents and their personal information is a matter of the highest concern to me. Every effort is made to ensure that all personal information is maintained by my office securely and safely.
'While this appears to be an entirely isolated case of administrative error, I have nonetheless asked for an urgent investigation to be conducted in my office and I have immediately contacted the Information Commissioner's Office to seek their further guidance.'
Become a Supporter
The New European is proud of its journalism and we hope you are proud of it too. We believe our voice is important - both in representing the pro-EU perspective and also to help rebalance the right wing extremes of much of the UK national press. If you value what we are doing, you can help us by making a contribution to the cost of our journalism.