I’ve been to our post offices to speak to local posties, so I know they are the beating heart of so many neighbourhoods.
In many areas the local post office acts as a focal point for communities and there are thousands of pensioners in Tameside and Stockport who are reassured by seeing their regular postie every morning. There are also the small businesses that use the Royal Mail for ensuring customers get their goods and services on time, efficiently, reliably and at a reasonable price.
Which is why the Tory-led Government’s plans for privatising Royal Mail are so dangerous. David Cameron’s plans reveal once again how he stands up for the wrong people. His Government wants to sell off Royal Mail on the cheap in order to plug a financial hole in the British economy caused by George Osborne’s failed policies as Chancellor.
We all rely on a daily delivery service but places where it is expensive or complicated to deliver the post every day – in more rural areas, or blocks of flats – could be vulnerable. Many of us might also find ourselves having to travel miles to pick up our large parcels as a privatised Royal Mail could choose to sell off its assets such as nearby delivery offices and local post offices that rely on the Royal Mail for much of their business could be under threat as they look to cut costs.
David Cameron doesn’t need to do this. The Royal Mail made a £400m profit last year. But while we could all pay more for the cost of postage, there’s a real risk this extra money will just line the pockets of private investors and not be invested back into the service. The taxpayer has already taken on the Royal Mail pension losses and the Government want the taxpayer to also give away the profit.
As Labour MPs, we are writing to the Royal Mail Minister Michael Fallon MP telling him to save the daily delivery. I’m asking you to co-sign our letters at http://action.labour.org.uk/save-daily-delivery and show that the British public don’t support selling off the Royal Mail.
We all take our daily delivery for granted but for the sake those of us who rely upon it, I hope you’ll back our campaign.
Please co-sign the letter at http://action.labour.org.uk/savethedailydelivery or tweet a picture of you posting a letter with the hashtag #savedailydelivery