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Post Office campaign gains momentum

January 8, 2007 3:41 PM

Hundreds of residents across South Lakeland have already signed the petition launched by MP Tim Farron in response to the Government's announcement that a further 2,500 rural post offices are to close. The local MP launched the petition just before Christmas, and sent petition forms to post offices across his Westmorland & Lonsdale constituency.

Commenting on the campaign, Tim said: "I would like to thank all of those who have already signed the petition against these closures, and ask local residents to show the strength of feeling by signing a petition in their local post office. It's great news for the campaign that post offices are already contacting me for more petition forms!

"The Government are trying to paint a picture where they have been forced to announce the closures of vital community assets because of economics. Local residents will not be fooled by this - it is this Government which has systematically removed Government business from the post office network, from benefits payments to TV licences and car tax discs - it is this Government which has undermined the financial viability of our local post offices."