The Press takes its Post Office campaign to Downing Street

The Press in York has led a party of campaigners and politicians to 10 Downing Street to deliver a dossier of readers’ demands to save post offices in North and East Yorkshire.

In November the paper, which was last year named campaigning newspaper of the year at the Newspaper Society’s awards, launched its Cut the Closures campaign after revealing that 50 branches were threatened with closure in its patch.

The cuts are part of the Post Office’s national network review.

In eight weeks 5,500 people signed a petition calling for plans to close their local branches to be axed.

Reporter Gerran Grimshaw led the delegation to hand over the dossier to Prime Minister Gordon Brown. They also handed a copy of the petition to post office bosses at their Old Street headquarters in Old Street, London.

Press editor Kevin Booth said: “Like our readers, we believe the post office provides a vital community service – especially in rural areas – over and above its role as a commercial concern.

“Post offices offer a focal point, as well as a valuable service to the most vulnerable members of our society.

“We also believe many of these proposed closures fail on the Government’s own terms; many branches facing the axe are thriving businesses.”

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