Boris Johnson’s campaign is even sending ‘spam’ email to his Tory leadership rival, Jeremy Hunt .
The Foreign Secretary says he received a campaign message from the ‘Back Boris’ team earlier today to his personal email address.
Tweeting an image of the missive, Mr Hunt wrote: “Well this is awkward… definitely didn’t sign up to this mailing list.”
It comes amid claims Mr Johnson has been reported to Britain’s data watchdog over allegations of ‘foul play’ in the Tory leadership contest.
Allies of Mr Hunt alleged Mr Johnson was ‘systematically’ abusing mailing lists to contact Conservative Party members without their consent.
Foreign Office minister Harriet Baldwin, a supporter of Mr Hunt, said she had asked the Information Commissioner’s Office to investigate whether the “Back Boris” campaign broke the law by using what she claimed was “an old list from a previous campaign” to “spam” email addresses.
She has also asked party chairman Brandon Lewis to investigate the claims.
David Morris, another Hunt-backing Tory MP, told BuzzFeed News: “It’s deeply troubling that foul play may be afoot in this contest.
“I urge [the Information Commissioner’s Office] to look into all alleged breaches so that we can be sure the contest is being conducted within the rules.”
A Campaign source said: “The BackBoris campaign is compliant with GDPR and the Data Protection Act.”
The Information Commissioner’s guidelines state: “If candidates in internal party elections wish to use member lists to send emails or texts, or make automated calls the candidate must ensure that they have consent from the individuals to use such marketing channels.”
An ICO spokeswoman told the Mirror: ”We are aware of these concerns and will be assessing the information provided.”