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My second petition ties in with the Adjournment debate on post offices that I am grateful to have been granted. I am pleased to see that the Minister for Trade is present to hear the petition as well as the debate.
The petition follows a recent announcement that the future of the Crown post office in Borough high street, in my constituency, is to be reviewed. I have long taken an interest in the post office, and have previously sought successfully to keep it open. Again, there are many pages of signatures.
The petition states
The Petition of residents, employees in and visitors to the London Borough of Southwark declare the Petitioners' serious concerns about the decision of the Post Office to review the future of the Borough High Street Crown Post Office at 239 Borough High Street, London SE1.
The Petitioners declare the importance of this Crown Office to thousands of people living, working in and visiting the Borough and surrounding areas, including the more elderly and disabled... and reminds Members of Parliament of the number of closures of local sub-post offices in the London Borough of Southwark over recent years.
The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons makes clear to the Post Office the importance of this office continuing as a Crown Post Office and the benefit of withdrawing as soon as possible any proposals which put at risk any of the existing services provided from this office.
And the petitioners remain etc.
To lie upon the Table.