Government gets message over our post office campaign
PUBLISHED: 17:33 20 March 2008 | UPDATED: 22:21 26 October 2009
THE fight against the closure of post offices was given a boost after opposition MPs slashed a Government majority in a vote in Parliament. Among those who voted against the planned closures, that affects around 40 branches in Times Territory, were Welwyn
THE fight against the closure of post offices was given a boost after opposition MPs slashed a Government majority in a vote in Parliament.
Among those who voted against the planned closures, that affects around 40 branches in Times Territory, were Welwyn Hatfield MP Grant Shapps and North East Herts MP Oliver Heald.
Both are supporters of the WHT's Your Post Office Needs You campaign.
Last Wednesday's vote that saw opposition MPs joined by 19 Labour counterparts object to the 2,500 closures nationwide.
Although they narrowly lost the ballot by 20 votes, Mr Shapps said it was a "monumental" result.
He said that the importance of the vote was shown by the fact that even the Prime Minister cast his ballot, a rare occurrence for subjects such as this.
"It really shows that this issue matters to people but there are still a number of Labour MPs around the country campaigning for their local post offices who would have voted against," said Mr Shapps.
"I think we can take great hope from this and just keep campaigning.
"I understand that post offices have to be profitable but they are just so important and I must urge people to sign our petition to support our branches."
Mr Heald was equally encouraged by the positive result but insisted that "the battle still goes on".
He said: "It is a huge statement that Labour MPs are making by voting against their government and I applaud them.
"But it is such a big issue especially in areas where there is not much else than a post office that those who vote with the government should be ashamed."
To give your backing to your nearest post offices go to www.welhatpostoffices.org and sign the petition.
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