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The London Internet Exchange has warned political parties that it will not tolerate the distribution of bulk unsolicited email and will consider sanctions against anyone who indulges in spam.

LINX - which carries more than 90 per cent of UK Internet traffic - gave the gentle reminder on the eve of a mass mailing by the Conservative Party which will feature a message from leader William Hague.

The "e-vert" (that's an Internet advert) will be sent to 20,000 Tory supporters over the weekend.

However, a spokesman for Conservative Central Office (CCO) assured El Reg that all the recipients had signalled their interest in receiving more information and so, having requested the information, the bulk mailing could not be classed as spam.

Despite CCO's assurances, Roland Perry of LINX said: "LINX is very concerned in the run up to an election campaign that everyone is aware of the rules about bulk unsolicited email. Politicians are no exception."

Quite so. And you can bet Mr Blair's majority in the House of Commons that El Reg will be keeping a vulture eye on the forthcoming e-lection - when it's announced. ®

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WARNING: This next bit is of a political nature and might offend some readers. If you really are curious about how what an "e-vert" looks like then you can sneak a peak here. Don't say you haven't been warned.

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