Campaigners warned not to send identical emails by MEP
CAMPAIGNERS have been told not to send their concerns on letters created on a template after one MEP received more than 2,000 identical emails.
Giles Chichester, MEP for South West England and Gibraltar, was contacted by constituents about the plenary vote on the Common Agricultural Policy in the European Parliament on March 13.
He said many were created using a template, leading to him having to look through thousands of identical correspondence.
Mr Chichester has now warned that the campaigners' tool could be shooting themselves in the foot wit the ploy.
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But Jillian Mathews, one of the campaigners who sent one of the emails, felt the politician's response was too dismissive.
Ms Mathews, from The Park, Cheltenham, received an email from Mr Chichester, reading: "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."
Ms Mathews said: "His reply is dismissive, discourteous and arrogant, and paternalistic.
"As you can see, I am very angry that he should treat a constituent in this way.
"Gloucestershire has an agricultural community and he should take notice of it."
Tom Maughan, press officer for the MEP's office, said the MEP had received 2,000 emails and had replied with an identical email to all of the campaigners.
"The emails were courteous, and I don't know what else he could have said," added Mr Maughan.
"He voted according to the Conservative European delegation's policy on the issue."