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Daniel Zeichner MP slams Government ‘sham Post Office consultation’


By Alex Spencer


The Government’s consultation regarding the franchising of Cambridge Crown Post Office has been branded a "sham" by the city’s MP.

MP for Cambridge, Daniel Zeichner. .Picture - Richard Marsham. (8709469)
MP for Cambridge, Daniel Zeichner. .Picture - Richard Marsham. (8709469)

Daniel Zeichner slammed the process following the receipt of a reply to his letter to Small Business Minister Kelly Tolhurst MP.

He wrote to the Minister in March, outlining his concerns about accessibility of the postal services if they were moved to WH Smith, staff wages, and the extra services such as Biometric and International Driving Permits offered by the Crown Post Office, but not offered in WH Smith stores with postal services.

The Minister’s reply explained that “The aim of the consultation process is not to seek a mandate for franchising. This is because changes to the management of a Post Office to one that is operated by a retail partner rather than Post Office Limited directly is a commercial decision for the Post Office to make as an independent business. lnstead, the consultation process seeks to inform customers, local MPs, councillors, local press, and other interested parties, of the Post Office proposal and to allow the public to inform their plans.”

Daniel Zeichner at the Post Office on St Andrew's Street for the campaign against the move to WHSmith, from left MP Daniel Zeichner, Tim Pavelin, Mark Toner, and Alan Pooley, with front Councillor Gerri Bird. Picture: Keith Heppell. (8709455)
Daniel Zeichner at the Post Office on St Andrew's Street for the campaign against the move to WHSmith, from left MP Daniel Zeichner, Tim Pavelin, Mark Toner, and Alan Pooley, with front Councillor Gerri Bird. Picture: Keith Heppell. (8709455)

Mr Zeichner said: “The Minister’s response highlights the lack of respect that the Government – and the Conservatives – have for the public. They are aiming to drag out this process to reduce accountability, and not actually listen to the people that the Post Office should serve. The Minister says that the consultation is simply to inform the public; this suggests that she is not planning to listen to the concerns of Cambridge residents. Well – we will make our voices heard regardless. . A high street post office is part of the essential fabric of a place, while our high streets are under threat from austerity and technological change.We will not stop fighting to keep our high street Crown Post Office open, so that everyone can access these vital services."



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