Friday, March 16, 2007

Lib Dem Councillor to hand in Post Offices petition to Downing Street

A LEADING Liberal Democrat Councillor in Gateshead is to hand in a petition to 10 Downing Street calling for Post Offices to be saved from closure.

The government announced in December that they are to close 2500 branches throughout the country. But a campaign in Gateshead led by Councillor Jonathan Wallace has collected over 3000 signatures against the closure plan.

Dr Wallace will join the Liberal Democrats’ Shadow Secretary of State for trade and Industry, Susan Kramer MP, and many of the party’s MPs and members who have carried out similar petitions throughout the country to hand in the signaures to the Prime Minister.

The petition will be handed in on Monday 19th March at 1pm.

“Many residents of Gateshead are very worried about the government’s plans for Post Offices,” said Dr Wallace. “There was a great deal of interest in the petition.

“Gateshead has already lost 5 branches in recent years. Residents don’t want others to disappear.

“We are hoping the government takes note of the concerns of people and will reverse their policy of Post Office closures.”

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