LibDem MP Tom Brake is in a spot of bother over his use of personal data from a medical petition for party political use. He effectively gave the data away to another organisation without the signatories' permission (from his MP's office in which capacity he received the data to his local LibDem HQ who sent out the letter with 'Labour can't win here' etc festooned across the letterhead). He then asks the people to join his Facebook Group. Result - slap on the wrist from the ICO. More from his LOCAL PAPER.
Yesterday I reported on Glenda Jackson's use of the Communications Allowance for party political material. One or two Conservative MPs have also been hauled before the Commons authorities for similar misdemeanours.
So I am not making a party political point with this, but I do have to ask this. Why is it so difficult to draft rules which our elected representatives can understand and abide by?