‘Use them or lose them’ - MP issues plea to support rural Post Offices

By Alan Quick   |   Editorial Manager/Photojournalist   |
Sunday 8th May 2022 6:20 pm
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Mel Stride MP, right, with the South West representative on the National Federation of Sub postmasters Stuart Rogers.
Mel Stride MP, right, with the South West representative on the National Federation of Sub postmasters Stuart Rogers. (Mel Stride )

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CENTRAL Devon MP Mel Stride has issued an appeal to his constituents to support rural Post Office branches – the last remaining amenity for many small communities.

The MP, whose constituency has the third most Post Offices of the 650 constituencies in the UK, has spent 15 years championing Devon’s Post Office network.

Mr Stride, who chairs the influential House of Commons Treasury Select Committee, said: “Rural Post Offices are hugely valued local amenities and we must support them if they are to survive.

“As is the case with most small businesses, the margin between being financially sustainable and struggling to stay afloat is often very small.

“An extra transaction a week or even a month from us all can make a big difference.”

Highlighting the environmental benefits of retaining Post Office branches, he added: “As we are more alert than ever about the need to reduce our carbon footprint, being able to walk to pick up a pint of milk or use a Post Office banking service is clearly preferable to jumping in the car and driving further afield.”

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