SDLP Leader and South Down MP Margaret Ritchie has said the Postal Services Bill making its way through the UK parliament must not be allowed to remove local postal services, particularly in rural areas.
Speaking from Westminster, Ms Ritchie said, “Politicians must not lose sight of the social and economic importance of local postal services, particularly in rural areas.
“This Bill must not be allowed to dilute and remove services, and the public must be assured of an effective, timely and professional service from Royal Mail and the Post Office.
“By breaking the link between Royal Mail and the post office network the Postal Services Bill would put many local post offices at risk. The fact that some 10 per cent of all post offices are currently for sale is a measure of already vulnerable state of our local services.
“The SDLP will fight of the continuation and retention of local postal services that are assessable to all,” she added.