LIB DEMS FIGHT LOCAL POST OFFICE CLOSURES

July 1, 2008 11:40 PM

Newcastle Liberal Democrats have vowed to fight against the nine Post Office closures in the city.

The Post Office has announced the nine branches across the city that have been selected for closure, which is part of a 2,500 nationwide closure programme.

They are:

:: Clayton Road

:: Howard Street

:: Kenton Road

:: Union Society

:: Walkerville

:: Brunswick Village

:: Garden Village

:: Walbottle

:: West Denton

Under Labour, thousands of Post Offices have already closed and under the Conservatives 3,500 post offices were axed.

The Liberal Democrat plan to save the Post Office network would see £2 billion invested.

Liberal Democrat MP's are campaigning to stop the Government's Post Office closure programme.

Recently a motion was proposed in the House of Commons demanding the Government halt their plans to make 2,500 branches shut up shop.

Newcastle Labour MPs Doug Henderson, Nick Brown and Jim Cousins voted against the motion and backed the closure programme.

Ron Beadle, Newcastle North Parliamentary spokesman, said: "The loss of any local Post Offices will hit communities in Newcastle hard.

"Post Offices are vital assets for many local people and any closure will likely cause difficulties, particularly for older people and those with mobility problems. We will continue to fight against closures."

Stephen Psallidas, Parliamentary spokesman for Newcastle East, added: "Post Offices, rural or urban, have a very important role to play in peoples lives and more must be done to support them.

"The current system neither benefits consumers nor smaller businesses. It has effectively threatened the existence of the Post Office and Royal Mail."

Newcastle Liberal Democrats have launched an online petition to save our local post offices from Labour's axe.

Please sign the petition to back the Liberal Democrat's campaign.

http://campaigns.libdems.org.uk/savenewcastlespostoffices

A six-week consultation has now started and local people are urged to have their say. Residents can check out www.postoffice.co.uk/networkchange, email consultation@postoffice.co.uk or telephone 08457 22 33 44.