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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Post Office privatisation plan slammed by local MP

Government plans to privatise the Royal Mail will be bad for our rural communities, according to Clwyd South MP Susan Elan Jones.  
 
She said it was very significant that MPs from all political parties were concerned, adding: "I hope this will provide a clarion cry to the Government that those who represent rural and semi-rural seats will not stand for anything less than a genuinely universal service as regards Royal Mail and the Post Office."
Describing the reaction to the proposal across the constituency of Clwyd South, which includes rural communities on the Shropshire border, the county of Wrexham as well as inside Denbighshire, she said: "My postbag of postcards, letters and emails from people across my constituency's 240 square miles  bear a clear message: keep the Royal Mail public, with a genuine universal obligation, and protect our post offices.
"And our constituents are absolutely right to say that." 
The MP criticised the government for not committing to universal pricing for parcels and for failing to pledge that Royal Mail would stay in British hands.
She also used her speech highlight the importance of both the Royal Mail and the Post Office for rural businesses and praised the Labour Welsh Government's Post Office Diversification Fund for supporting Post Offices - one example of such being the branch of Dolywern in the Ceiriog Valley which has set up a cafe, tourist information services and expanded its business.

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