Lynne Featherstone, Lib Dem MP for Hornsey & Wood Green, has scored a victory against Thames Water by shaming them online into doubling their donation to Wateraid for a survey they recently carried out on MPs.
Picking up on Ms. Featherstone criticism on her blog of the meagre £10 donation for taking up half an hour of MP’s time, Thames Water immediately contacted Ms. Featherstone to say that they would be doubling the donation:
“Quite frankly, I’ve better things to do than to take part in such surveys, but I happily gave my time as I thought I would be supporting the excellent work Wateraid does in providing fresh water and sanitation to the world’s poorest.
“Donations for surveys can be as high as £250, but I was shocked at find out that they were only giving a paltry £10 so I decided to vent my fury on my blog.
“The total donation for all the MPs is still only £1,000, which is a mere drop in the ocean for a company that just announced a multimillion pound profit.But to their credit they have reacted quickly and positively and I hope this will be a lesson for companies that try and abuse the veil of charity to pick the brains of MPs.”