Mary Branscombe (marypcb) wrote,
Mary Branscombe

So not impressed by the MP currently in what will be our consituency

Apparently, we're moving from Putney to Battersea. At least our votes are: hey, it's a closer demographic than Wandsworth. And the best way to find this out (not), is by having to pay for an unstamped letter from the MP currently in that constituency. Oh, not a letter telling us that we would be moving constituencies. Oh no. A survey offering us the chance of winning a TV in return for our views - a setup that makes me very uncomfortable, ethically and statistically. And when we complained about the matter, along with an apology and a promise to refund the money (we gave him a choice of that or a donation to Shelter), Battersea MP Martin Linton told us our votes would be moving to Battersea - and asked if we'd like to get even more bacon from him by signing up for emails from him.

On his Web site the survey details say it closes 24 December, and than only Battersea constituents are eligible for the prize; in his letter he points out that the general election will be in June at the latest. So he's starting his campaigning by getting us charged to to receive a survey with a prize we're still not eligible for... (no, I really don't want another TV, it's just the principle of the thing)

It's very hard to find out who complaints about MPs are supposed to go to: my best guess was the Standards and Privileges committee...
EDIT: and they say
Complaints that a Member of Parliament may have broken the rules made by the House should be addressed in writing to the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards. Guidance on how to do this is available here:
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