MP joins fight to save them

PUBLISHED: 11:20 20 February 2008 | UPDATED: 21:11 26 October 2009

A LIFELINE for many was how the latest backer of a WHT campaign described post offices role in the community. Welwyn Hatfield MP Grant Shapps has pledged his absolute and full support to our crusade against Royal Mail bosses plans to shut 2,500 bran

A LIFELINE for many" was how the latest backer of a WHT campaign described post offices' role in the community.

Welwyn Hatfield MP Grant Shapps has pledged his "absolute and full support" to our crusade against Royal Mail bosses' plans to shut 2,500 branches nationwide by the end of the year.

He highlighted it would be the elderly residents that would be greatest hit by the closures, stating they would lose an important point of interaction.

"Post offices are an integral part of our community and I understand that a lot of services can be carried out online, but that is no good for the elderly," he said.

"They provide a lifeline for people and I'm very concerned about the situation."

With postmasters and loyal customers all on tenterhooks over a decision that could be made as early as next month, Mr Shapps told Times Territory's post offices to stand firm.

"I want to give the postmasters my total backing," he said.

"Branches provide services that are extremely useful for people but they are also important in providing social contact that a lot of people would not get if they close.

"I'm in absolute full support of the campaign and will be launching it fully on my website soon.

Mr Shapps, who frequently uses his nearest post office in Brookmans Park, told the WHT he will be visiting branches around the area to offer his backing.

He added: "My local post office is very good as are all the others I have visited when I have been out and about.

"I'll continue to visit post offices to let them know I'm in support of their plight.

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