Martin Salter has angered Reading Borough Council officials by issuing a formal complaint
against them for the disclosure of information under the Data Protection Act in an
attempt to stem the growing ridicule his support of the restriction of access to
MPs' correspondance has attracted.
"How dare they release anything without my authority," he complained.
"There are clearly designed procedures to prevent this abuse of the law.
The Council must always ring me first to check that I'm happy with every word they publish
and quite clearly on this occassion they have failed in their duty to protect their local MP.
My letter of complaint to the Information Commissioner is, of course,
private correspondance between myself and him,
which is why I have asked my secretary to copy it to every possible media outlet I can think of."
Council Spokeman Oscar Mortali refused to comment on the complaint:
"We haven't cleared our response with Mr. Salter yet, but we'll get back to you as soon as we have."
The Reading West MP has also rounded on Liberal Parliamentary candidate Gareth Epps
for 'jumping on the media bandwagon'.
"Mr. Epps is clearly an amateur at this game and I suggest that he takes a tip from
the expert when it comes to jumping on bandwagons - ME. He should start practicing
on skateboards first. Once he's mastered them he could try supermarket trolleys with wobbly wheels
and only then should he dare follow me on to the full size media bandwagon."