No 2 Nuisance Calls

Mark Hunter has launched a campaign to give people the power to say "no to nuisance phone calls" and is urging local residents to sign up to an online petition.

Since his first election as MP in 2005, Mark has been contacted by many local residents about the high volume of "nuisance" sales calls - some of which have turned out to be scams.

Mark has written a letter to Maria Miller, Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport, and to Lord 
McNally, Minister of State and Deputy Leader of the House of Lords, to urge a review of the regulations surrounding the cold-calling of people's home and mobile phones.

The campaign calls for the Information Commissioner's Office's (ICO) powers to be strengthened in order to take in all forms of unsolicited contact and for there to be a single point of contact for any individual wishing to protect their privacy from unwanted calls/ texts/ fax or emails and to remove their personal details from contact lists.

At present, once you have registered your phone number with the telephone preference service, a ban comes into effect that forbids cold-calling you over the phone. Recorded messages, however, are covered by other legislation (Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations 2003) and unsolicited SMS messages don't appear to be covered at all.

Commenting, Mark said:

"Nuisance calls are not just irritating. For many people, particularly the elderly, they can be confusing or even threatening.

"People should be able to guarantee their privacy in an easy and effective way, and say "no" if they do not wish to be contacted.

"All good campaigns start with popular support - that's why I'm calling on anybody who feels strongly about this to back the campaign today."