Tory MP's email fail stirs up bloggo-fury
A big-chinned Tory MP has caused a blogosphere storm by removing his email address from his blog and several other sites like theyworkforyou.com
Dominic Raab, International lawyer, Author and Tory MP for Esher & Walton (according to his blog), complains that he and his staff can't deal with the quantity of communications coming from pesky constituents, lobby groups and other members of the green ink brigade.
Raab says he would prefer to receive a nice envelope from the postman including full names and addresses so he can ensure he is dealing with an actual constituent.
The row appears to have started when he asked lobby group 38 Degrees to remove him from distribution lists. 38 degrees' site includes forms for its readers to send automated emails to chief executives or MPs on various issues.
Spotting the obvious publicity opportunity, 38 Degrees instead posted a story headed "DOMINIC RAAB TELLS CONSTITUENTS 'DON'T EMAIL ME...IT'S BECOMING A REAL NUISANCE'".
Raab insisted this was not his intention and that he remains more than happy to hear from his lucky constituents.
In response to comments on his blog, Raab promised to adopt an email response form to allow people to mail him but keep commercial lobbying groups from firing spam at him. ®