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SW MEP labelled ‘discourteous and arrogant’ after telling constituents not to send him identical campaign emails

Sunday, 17 March 2013
Giles Chichester MEP (Photo: gileschichestermep.org.uk)An elected member of the European Parliament for the South West of England and Gibraltar has told constituents who get in touch to share their concerns not to send identical emails created from a template.

Ahead of the European Parliament's vote on the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) in the European Parliament on March 13, South West Conservative MEP Giles Chichester said he received more than 2,000 identical emails from concerned constituents.

Warning that the use of such a campaigning tool could be counter-productive, he sent an identical email in reply that reportedly read: "Because you and over 2,000 others have sent me an identical email, I can say I have received your message, but because of the numbers involved, I cannot reply in detail to each of you individually beyond this acknowledgement. In fact, this number of identical messages is rather counter-productive so far as I am concerned and I suggest you pass this message back to whoever put you all up to this in the first place."

In its report on the story, the Gloucestershire Echo quotes a constituent who described his reply as "dismissive, discourteous and arrogant, and paternalistic".

"As you can see, I am very angry that he should treat a constituent in this way,” she continued. “Gloucestershire has an agricultural community and he should take notice of it.

Mr Chichester’s press officer, Tom Maughan, is then quoted as saying “the emails were courteous, and I don't know what else he could have said. He voted according to the Conservative European delegation's policy on the issue."

In Strasbourg, Mr Chichester voted in favour of the motion for resolution opening and granting a mandate for the inter-institutional negotiations on financing, management and monitoring of the CAP.

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