Lib Dems Saving the Post Office Network

Tom Smith-Hughes addressing the crowd at Broomfield Tesco

Liberal Democrats in Government have put in place plans that will protect and develop the Post Office network. More than 6,000 Post Offices will be revamped by the Government over the next three years (BBC report 9 March 2012).

Lib Dems in Chelmsford and nationally have been campaigning to save the local Post Office network for many years. (See Cllr. Tom Smith-Hughes and Cllr. Stephen Robinson in the photo from 2005.)

Lib DemMP Norman Lamb MP drew up this policy in Opposition and then delivered in Government as Postal affairs minister. He said: "This Government has made a commitment that there will be no closure programme and invested £1.34bn to secure the long term future of the Post Office."

The network as a whole will be more secure, following an announcement by Business Secretary Vince Cable (see here).

Closures by Labour and Conservatives

Thousands closed under both Conservative and Labour governments. Here in Chelmsford that includes Broomfield; Duke Street; Kings Road; Queens Road; Trent Road; and one in Great Baddow.

On 17 May 2007 Labour announced the closure of a further 2,500 Post Offices around the country. In April 2007, the Post Office announced plans to transfer Chelmsford's main Post Office to W H Smith

July 2008: Lib Dem Post Office campaign ongoing, as Conservatives try to catch up

June 2008: campaign update on Post Office Card account

Chelmsford Lib Dem recent campaigning to save Post Offices

Seven Post Offices closed across Chelmsford

Campaign success - new Post Office in Broomfield Parade (2007)

Only the Liberal Democrats have a viable plan to save the Post Office network

Information about national Lib Dem policy to save Post Offices

Further Government threats to Post Office network

Public pressure and LD campaign forces Government change on Post Office card account

Post Offices campaign progresses but they suffer ANOTHER body blow

Local Post Offices under threat when Government shuts Post Office Card account

History of Lib Dem campaign for new Broomfield Parade Post Office (2005-2007)

Broomfield Parade Post Office in National Spotlight

Protesters mob Broomfield Parade Tesco over Post Office closure decision

Broomfield Parade Post Office extension "considered" - Charman

Short Reprieve for Broomfield Parade Post Office - Smith-Hughes

Further action on Post Office closures

2,500 more Post Offices could close under Labour - Robinson

Tesco are closing Post Offices around the country

Petition

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