MP supports campaign to protect rural postal services

Plaid Cymru’s Jonathan Edwards MP has repeated his party’s objection to the privatisation of the Royal Mail and the disastrous impact this would have on postal services in rural areas.

Mr Edwards, who is hoping to speak in today’s House of Commons debate on this subject, said Plaid Cymru is very concerned about the Government’s decision to press ahead with privatisation of the postal service, claiming that the pursuit of profit will see the universal service obligation being undermined or worse still, abandoned completely.

Speaking in London, Mr Edwards said:

“Plaid Cymru is wholly opposed to the privatisation of Royal Mail.

“We are particularly concerned about the likely impact of this regressive move that will see services in danger and decline – particularly in rural areas such as my Carmarthenshire constituency.

“The six day a week collection service forms an invaluable part of local life in rural areas and it is deeply worrying to think that this may be in jeopardy due to the possibility that it won’t make a profit.

“Just as in the case of slow, unreliable broadband access, rural businesses face another blow if postal services are cut as their means of communications are limited.

“This would undermine, or worse abandon, the universal service obligation which is so valued in its current form.

“When the last Labour Government thought that part-privatisation was a good idea, Plaid Cymru fought hard to defend Royal Mail in the House of Commons. I will use today’s debate to support the motion which recognises the huge importance of the universal service and calls for the Government to make concrete, long-term plans to protect it.

“Plaid Cymru believes that putting profit before the principle of good service will always undermine quality. The case of postal services is no different and we will continue to add our voice to this important campaign opposing Coalition plans.”

ENDS

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