PRESS RELEASE FROM SOUTH LAKES LABOUR – RELEASE IMMEDIATE

Date: 11th October, 2018

The Westmorland & Lonsdale Labour Party is shocked at yesterday’s announcement from the Post Office for a consultation about the closure of Kendal’s main Post Office and its proposed relocation into a W.H. Smith branch”, Paul Braithwaite, local Labour Party Chair, said today. “It is somewhat ironic that the announcement was made on the same day as that by W.H. Smith, of the closure of several of its high street branches.”

He added, “We will fight any plans to further outsource this vital local public service. Rural areas like Cumbria are already under great pressure from the withdrawal of public services of all kinds. It is also right that Post Office staff must have their jobs, their pay and conditions safeguarded.”

Regarding the involvement of Tim Farron, Kendal’s MP, in his comments about saving the post office, “It is a bit rich for Tim Farron to become all concerned about the future of Kendal Post Office. Let’s not forget that it was his Liberal Democrat Party, in Government with the Tories, that passed the 2011 Postal Services Act, enabling Post Office Ltd to become independent of Royal Mail Group, setting the scene for further ‘modernisation’, including the outsourcing to franchises of many more of the 300 remaining Crown Post Offices.”

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For more information please contact: Paul Braithwaite, Chair of the Westmorland & Lonsdale Constituency Labour Party, on 07771 518362

Links:

CWU Video response to announcement (see also below)  https://twitter.com/CWUnews/status/1050345344167489536

CWU website https://www.cwu.org

Kendal Post Office is proposed for closure in 2019
Kendal Post Office is proposed for closure in 2019
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