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Crown Post Office Closure And Privatisation

EDM number 1751 in 2017-19, proposed by Jo Stevens on 25/10/2018.

That this House is deeply concerned by the recent announcement that 74 Crown post offices will be closed and franchised to WHSmith, which will mean a total loss of 60 per cent of Crown offices since 2013; notes the use of public funds to finance the closure and franchise programme despite the fact that the public has never endorsed the closures, and has only ever protested against such closures; further notes that in 2014-15, £13 million of public funds was used to pay compensation to reduce the number of post office staff and that the Communication Workers Union (CWU) estimates the staff compensation cost of the latest privatisation will be at least £30 million, with 800 jobs now at risk; recognises that research by Consumer Focus in 2012 and Citizens Advice in 2016 shows that WHSmith franchises result in longer queuing times, inferior service and advice and poor disabled access; questions the privatisation of profit-making Crown offices and handing them to a retailer which is closing stores and relies on a business model of low pay and part-time employment; notes that this round of privatisation will also see the loss of prime high street Crown office stores and that this will contribute to the demise of town centres; and urges the Government to stop this wasteful and unpopular franchising programme and to work with stakeholders, including the CWU, to develop a new strategy that safeguards the future of the post office.

This motion has been signed by a total of 36 MPs.

Jo Stevens25/10/2018Cardiff CentralLabourProposed
Kelvin Hopkins26/10/2018Luton NorthLabourSeconded
Dennis Skinner26/10/2018BolsoverLabourSeconded
Helen Hayes29/10/2018Dulwich and West NorwoodLabourSeconded
Liz Saville Roberts29/10/2018Dwyfor MeirionnyddPlaid CymruSeconded
Marie Rimmer29/10/2018St Helens South and WhistonLabourSeconded
Chris Stephens29/10/2018Glasgow South WestScottish National PartySigned
Jim Cunningham30/10/2018Coventry SouthLabourSigned
Hugh Gaffney31/10/2018Coatbridge, Chryston and BellshillLabourSigned
Caroline Lucas01/11/2018Brighton, PavilionGreenSigned
Adrian Bailey01/11/2018West Bromwich WestLabourSigned
Rachael Maskell01/11/2018York CentralLabour/Co-operativeSigned
Lloyd Russell-Moyle05/11/2018Brighton, KemptownLabour/Co-operativeSigned
Ruth George05/11/2018High PeakLabourSigned
George Howarth05/11/2018KnowsleyLabourSigned
Mary Glindon06/11/2018North TynesideLabourSigned
Stephen Kinnock12/11/2018AberavonLabourSigned
Louise Ellman12/11/2018Liverpool, RiversideLabourSigned
Vernon Coaker13/11/2018GedlingLabourSigned
Jack Dromey13/11/2018Birmingham, ErdingtonLabourSigned
James Frith13/11/2018Bury NorthLabourSigned
Rosie Duffield13/11/2018CanterburyLabourSigned
Graham Jones14/11/2018HyndburnLabourSigned
Stephen Morgan19/11/2018Portsmouth SouthLabourSigned
Tommy Sheppard20/11/2018Edinburgh EastScottish National PartySigned
Catherine West21/11/2018Hornsey and Wood GreenLabourSigned
Mark Hendrick21/11/2018PrestonLabourSigned
Virendra Sharma21/11/2018Ealing, SouthallLabourSigned
Wes Streeting22/11/2018Ilford NorthLabourSigned
Ellie Reeves22/11/2018Lewisham West and PengeLabourSigned
Jon Cruddas26/11/2018Dagenham and RainhamLabourSigned
Seema Malhotra26/11/2018Feltham and HestonLabourSigned
Alex Norris27/11/2018Nottingham NorthLabour/Co-operativeSigned
Kate Hoey28/11/2018VauxhallLabourSigned
Gareth Thomas28/11/2018Harrow WestLabourSigned
Steve Reed29/11/2018Croydon NorthLabourSigned

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