OVER 100 MPs BACK KEEP ME POSTED CAMPAIGN

 

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110 MPs (17%) support communications choice campaign

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17 Welsh Assembly members and 24 MSPs have also pledged to back the campaign

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MP Mike Crockart’s Early Day Motion is 21st out of 1187 tabled

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Judith Donovan, Chair: “It’s time for providers to provide their customers with the choice they want”

 

The Keep Me Posted Campaign has gained the official support of a fifth of all elected representatives, less than a year after its launch. 108 cross party MPs including notable figures; under-secretary of state Edward Timpson, Annette Brooke and former cabinet members Hazel Blears and Dame Tessa Jowell have all pledged their support for the campaign, which fights for their constituent’s right to choose how they receive their bills from banks, energy and telecoms companies.

Meanwhile in Europe, legislation is changing. In France, a decree has been adopted which means telephone operators and Internet Services Providers will no longer be able to impose online billing on customers or charge for a paper bill.

 

Article 3 of the French Decree states that:

 

“At the customer’s request, which can be done by any means at any time, including at the time of the signature of the contract, upcoming bills shall be sent to him/her free of charge instead of the digital version proposed by the operator. If the request is introduced when the contract has already started, it will be taken into account within ten working days after the date of the request.”

 

A similar change of legislation has been achieved in Austria while in Spain, a bill is currently going through Parliament to end charges for paper bills and protect the consumer’s right to choose how they receive their bills.  

 

The 110 MPs are made up of supporters that have given their signature at a House of Commons event, and the 95 MPs that have signed an Early Day Motion put forward by Mike Crockart MP. This popular EDM is currently the UK’s 21st most supported EDM, with further waves of support coming from Wales and Scotland. In December, Welsh Assembly Member Peter Black tabled a Statement of Opinion supporting the campaign’s aims which was signed by 17 of his peers. Scottish MSP Kenneth Gibson in November lodged a Scottish Motion which achieved 24 additional signatures.

 

The campaign has received additional support from the House of Lords with a number of questions raised by Baroness Deech and Baroness Oppenheim-Barnes which achieved support from notable cross bench peers such as Lord Cotter, Baroness Bakewell, Lord Elton, Baroness Butler-Sloss, Lord Lipsey and Baroness Hayter.

 

Judith Donovan, CBE chair of the Keep Me Posted campaign, said, “We have been overwhelmed by the support that the Keep Me Posted campaign has received from across the political spectrum. The reaction of such a large number of MPs really demonstrates how this is such an important issue to so many of their constituents. Our campaign aims to challenge service providers on their practices and ensure that consumers continue to receive the paper bills and statements that we feel they are entitled to as paying customers.

 

 “It is time for big business to take notice and accept that people who want to retain paper bills and statements are not necessarily in the minority. We also, urge politicians and regulators who are still not aware of the implications of this issue to look at how consumers are communicated to as a matter of priority.”

 

 Keep Me Posted is calling for businesses and other organisations to offer consumers the right to choose by adopting the campaign’s six-point ‘right to choose’ charter*.

 

 Individuals can sign up to the Keep Me Posted campaign by writing to Keep Me Posted, PO Box 72064, London EC4P 4DZ or sharing their stories, preferences and experiences at www.keepmeposteduk.com.

 

 

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BROADCAST SPOKESPERSON AVAILABLE

 

Judith Donovan CBE, Chair of the Keep Me Posted campaign, is a Yorkshire businesswoman who is currently Chair of the Strategic Mailing Partnership and the Eden Project, having previously been Vice Chair of Postwatch and Chair of the Direct Marketing Association. She has also been a Millennium Commissioner and a non-exec Director of the Health and Safety Executive.

 

The Keep Me Posted Campaign’s Political Supporters

 

Signed KMP EDM

 

Long, Naomi

Alliance Party

Belfast East

Aldous, Peter

Conservative

Waveney

Bottomley, Peter

Conservative

Worthing West

Halfon, Robert

Conservative

Harlow

Henderson, Gordon

Conservative

Sittingbourne and Sheppey

Jackson, Stewart

Conservative

Peterborough

Main, Anne

Conservative

St Albans

Reevell, Simon

Conservative

Dewsbury

Rosindell, Andrew

Conservative

Romford

Stuart, Graham

Conservative

Beverley and Holderness

Vickers, Martin

Conservative

Cleethorpes

Dodds, Nigel

Democratic Unionist Party

Belfast North

McCrea, Dr William

Democratic Unionist Party

South Antrim

Paisley, Ian Jnr

Democratic Unionist Party

North Antrim

Shannon, Jim

Democratic Unionist Party

Strangford

Simpson, David

Democratic Unionist Party

Upper Bann

Wilson, Sammy

Democratic Unionist Party

East Antrim

Ainsworth, Bob

Labour

Coventry North East

Bayley, Hugh

Labour

York Central

Begg, Anne

Labour

Aberdeen South

Betts, Clive

Labour

Sheffield South East

Blears, Hazel

Labour

Salford and Eccles

Blomfield, Paul

Labour

Sheffield Central

Campbell, Ronnie

Labour

Blyth Valley

Caton, Martin

Labour

Gower

Clark, Katy

Labour

North Ayrshire and Arran

Connarty, Michael

Labour

Linlithgow and East Falkirk

Cooper, Rosie

Labour

West Lancashire

Crausby, David

Labour

Bolton North East

Cryer, John

Labour

Leyton and Wanstead

Cunningham, Alex

Labour

Stockton North

Cunningham, Jim

Labour

Coventry South

Cunningham, Tony

Labour

Workington

Davidson, Ian

Labour

Glasgow South West

Dobbin, Jim

Labour

Heywood and Middleton

Doran, Frank

Labour

Aberdeen North

Dowd, Jim

Labour

Lewisham West and Penge

Farrelly, Paul

Labour

Newcastle-under-Lyme

Lazarowicz, Mark

Labour

Edinburgh North and Leith

Field, Frank

Labour

Birkenhead

Flynn, Paul

Labour

Newport West

Gapes, Mike

Labour

Ilford South

Glass, Pat

Labour

North West Durham

Glindon, Mary

Labour

North Tyneside

Godsiff, Roger

Labour

Birmingham Hall Green

Hepburn, Stephen

Labour

Jarrow

Hood, Jim

Labour

Lanark and Hamilton East

Howarth, George

Labour

Knowsley

Jowell, Tessa

Labour

Dulwich and West Norwood

McDonnell, John

Labour

Hayes and Harlington

Meale, Alan

Labour

Mansfield

Miller, Andrew

Labour

Ellesmere Port and Neston

Morden, Jessica

Labour

Newport East

Morrice, Graeme

Labour

Livingston

Morris, Grahame M

Labour

Easington

Murphy, Paul

Labour

Torfaen

O'Donnell, Fiona

Labour

East Lothian

Osborne, Sandra

Labour

Ayr Carrick and Cumnock

Owen, Albert

Labour

Ynys Môn

Robertson, John

Labour

Glasgow North West

Roy, Lindsay

Labour

Glenrothes

Ruddock, Joan

Labour

Lewisham Deptford

Sharma, Virendra

Labour

Ealing Southall

Sheerman, Barry

Labour

Huddersfield

Vaz, Valerie

Labour

Walsall South

Wood, Mike

Labour

Batley and Spen

Woodward, Shaun

Labour

St Helen's South and Whiston

Wright, David

Labour

Telford

Beith, Alan

Liberal Democrats

Berwick-Upon-Tweed

Crockart, Mike

Liberal Democrats

Edinburgh West

George, Andrew

Liberal Democrats

St Ives

Gilbert, Stephen

Liberal Democrats

St Austell and Newquay

Hancock, Mike

Liberal Democrats

Portsmouth South

Harvey, Nick

Liberal Democrats

North Devon

Horwood, Martin

Liberal Democrats

Cheltenham

Leech, John

Liberal Democrats

Manchester Withington

Lloyd, Stephen

Liberal Democrats

Eastbourne

Pugh, John

Liberal Democrats

Southport

Russell, Bob

Liberal Democrats

Colchester

Sanders, Adrian

Liberal Democrats

Torbay

Stunell, Andrew

Liberal Democrats

Hazel Grove

Swales, Ian

Liberal Democrats

Redcar

Thornton, Mike

Liberal Democrats

Eastleigh

Thurso, John

Liberal Democrats

Caithness Sutherland and Easter Ross

Smith, Robert

Liberal Democrats

West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine

Ward, David

Liberal Democrats

Bradford East

Williams, Mark

Liberal Democrats

Ceredigion

Williams, Roger

Liberal Democrats

Brecon and Radnorshire

Llwyd, Elfyn

Plaid Cymru

Dwyfor Meirionnydd

Williams, Hywel

Plaid Cymru

Arfon

MacNeil, Angus

Scottish National Party

Na h-Eileanan an Iar

Weir, Mike

Scottish National Party

Angus

Whiteford, Eilidh

Scottish National Party

Banff and Buchan

Durkan, Mark

Social Democratic and Labour Party

Foyle

Ritchie, Margaret

Social Democratic and Labour Party

South Down

Signed KMP pledge

 

 

Amess, David

Conservative

Southend West

Brooke,Annette

Liberal Democrats

Mid Dorset and North Poole

Brown, Russell

Labour

Dumfries and Galloway

Buckland, Robert

Conservative

South Swindon

Doyle, Gemma

Labour

West Wumbartonshire

Goodman, Helen

Labour

Bishop Auckland

Hunter, Mark

Liberal Democrats

Cheadle

Jamieson, Cathy

Labour

Kilmarnock and Loudoun

Maynard, Paul

Conservative

Blackpool North and Cleveleys

Mckenzie, Iain

Labour

Inverclyde

Mosely, Stephen

Conservative

City of Chester

Nokes, Caroline

Conservative

Romsey and Southampton North

Spellar, John

Labour

Warley

Stewart, Iain

Conservative

Milton Keynes South

Timpson, Edward

Conservative

Crewe and Nantwich

Wheeler, Heather

Conservative

Derbyshire South

Zahawi, Nadhim

Conservative

Stratford on Avon

 

 

*Keep Me Posted’s Six Point Charter is calling for organisations to offer consumers the right to choose by:

  • offering all of their customers the choice of receiving information through paper correspondence as part of any standard offer
  • refraining from penalising in any way, any customer for preferring to receive information through paper correspondence
  • only ceasing to send  information in paper correspondence to a customer after (and not before) the customer has specifically, voluntarily and individually opted out of receiving information on paper
  • only changing the frequency of information sent to customers in paper correspondence after (and not before) the customer has specifically, voluntarily and individually agreed to the change
  • refrain from making the availability of online information to customers necessarily conditional upon having to give up their access to paper correspondence
  • make available to customers easy mechanisms whereby a customer who has chosen not to receive paper correspondence can opt back in without penalty

For further information or for more information on the Keep Me Posted campaign, please contact:

Keep Me Posted

PO Box 72064

London

EC4P 4DZ

Visit our website: www.keepmeposteduk.com or follow us on Twitter @KeepMePostedUK

Alternatively, for media enquiries please contact:

Lewis Wilks

0207 566 9702

info@keepmeposteduk.com