Angus MacDonald claims mail privatisation plans are threat to Scottish services
Monday, 17 January 2011 21:07
SNP will stand up for Falkirk East's postal services
The passing of Royal Mail privatisation plans by the UK Government earlier this week has been condemned by the SNP Candidate for Falkirk East, Councillor Angus MacDonald who warned that delivery services as well as the future of local post office branches were under threat.
Visiting Avonbridge Post Office today (Saturday) Councillor Angus MacDonald rounded on Tory and Lib Dem MPs who voted for privatisation of Royal Mail, and vowed to make the future of the postal network a key campaign issue in Falkirk East during the coming Scottish Parliament election campaign.
Angus MacDonald said:
“This is the wrong decision at the worst possible time, and will put delivery services as well as the future of local post office branches under threat. This is yet another betrayal by Lib Dem MPs which will haunt them at the Holyrood elections.
“Privatisation not only threatens the future of deliveries, jobs and services but also the sustainability of the post office network which has already seen closures under the last Labour government.
“It is inevitable that the pressures from a fully privatised Royal Mail operated for profit and not public service - will lead to a reduction in the universal service obligation. The impact of cuts will be worst felt by rural communities in the outlying areas of Falkirk district.
“The maintenance of a comprehensive mail delivery service is essential for Scotland and that could best be achieved by keeping the company in public ownership. We have already seen the chaos that has overtaken the Post Office network by the rush to "liberalisation", which was instigated by the previous Labour Government and supported by both of Falkirk district’s Labour MPs.
“Royal Mail should be seen as part of our national infrastructure and should be kept in public ownership. Royal Mail cannot be viewed as just another company. It provides an essential public service, especially to smaller communities and small businesses who do not have access to alternative carriers.
“Labour, the Tories and the Liberal Democrats have all turned their back on Scotland’s postal services. Only the SNP will continue to stand up for them through the painful road to privatisation and the future of postal services will be a key campaign in the coming Scottish General Election.