We’ve been to the local sorting office in Ireland Wood and speaking to local posties, we know they are the beating heart of so many neighbourhoods round here.
In many areas the local post office acts as a focal point for communities and there are thousands of pensioners in Leeds North West who are reassured by seeing their regular postie every morning. There are also the small businesses that use the Royal Mail for ensuring customers get their goods and services on time, efficiently, reliably and at a reasonable price.
Which is why the Tory-led Coalition’s plans for privatising Royal Mail are so dangerous. Their plans reveal once again how they stand up for the wrong people. This Coalition wants to sell off Royal Mail on the cheap in order to plug a financial hole in the British economy caused by George Osborne’s failed policies as Chancellor.
We all rely on a daily delivery service but places where it is expensive or complicated to deliver the post every day – in rural areas such as Lower Wharfedale or parts of Yeadon, or in blocks of flats – could be vulnerable. Many of us might also find ourselves having to travel miles to pick up our large parcels as a privatised Royal Mail could choose to sell off its assets such as nearby delivery offices and local post offices that rely on the Royal Mail for much of their business could be under threat as they look to cut costs.
The Coalition doesn’t need to do this. The Royal Mail made a £400m profit last year. But while we could all pay more for the cost of postage, there’s a real risk this extra money will just line the pockets of private investors and not be invested back into the service. The taxpayer has already taken on the Royal Mail pension losses and the Coalition want the taxpayer to also give away the profit.
We’re writing to the Royal Mail Minister Michael Fallon MP telling him to save the daily delivery. We’re asking you to co-sign our letter here and show that the British public don’t support selling off the Royal Mail.
We all take our daily delivery for granted but for the sake those of us who rely upon it, we hope you’ll back our campaign.
Alex Sobel, Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Leeds North West commented
‘The Royal Mail is a universal public service we all rely on and what’s more it returns hundreds of millions of pounds to the public, supporting public services like the NHS. Wanting to sell it off isn’t common sense. It’s the old Tory trick of selling off the family silver – just as Thatcher did in the 80s. However this time it’s not Tories in charge. It’s Lib Dem Vince Cable being the hatchet man for a reckless privatisation which leaves our postal service at dire risk.’
Please co-sign the letter here or tweet a picture of you posting a letter with the hashtag #savedailydelivery.
Some of you may remember the words of the song ‘You don’t know what you’ve got til it’s gone’.
Let’s make sure we’re never singing it about the Royal Mail.