Petition to go to Parliament

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Our petition which calls on the Information Commissioner to do more to stop nuisance robocalls is to be handed over at Parliament next month.

And Liberal Democrat MP Sir Alan Beith will be joining the Gazette as the names are handed over to the commissioner.

A date has been set for Wednesday, July 9, and in between then and now we will be collecting the petitions that are out and about in Alnwick.

Our campaign was launched after a spate of late-night recorded-message phone calls to residents across north Northumberland.

Readers contacted us in their hundreds to tell us how they had been woken up in the early hours of the morning by a message about a Government-sponsored energy deal.

For some of you it was just a minor inconvenience but for others it was a major intrusion to your lives and your families’ lives.

Over the last few months we have heard from readers whose partners are serving in Afghanistan, their family members are ill, children are abroad and so on.

Getting phone calls in the small hours makes people think the worst.

And while the late-night calls were a one-off they highlighted the growing number of robocalls that people get on a weekly and sometimes daily basis.

We received cross-party support from Sir Alan Beith, Conservative Parliamentary candidate Anne-Marie Trevelyan and Labour candidate Scott Dickinson.

And while the campaign has been ongoing a crackdown on nuisance-call firms was announced by the Government.

The then culture secretary Maria Miller said: “Nuisance calls must stop. At best they are an irritation and an unwanted intrusion; at worst they cause real distress and fear, particularly to the elderly or housebound.

“People need to feel safe and secure in their homes. The rules are clear – people have the right to choose not to receive unsolicited marketing calls. We will work to ensure their choice is respected.”