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Post Office Closures

Part of Deferred Division – in the House of Commons at 5:27 pm on 19th March 2008.

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Photo of Nick Gibb Nick Gibb Shadow Minister (Education) (Schools) 5:27 pm, 19th March 2008

It is a pleasure to follow Geraldine Smith, who has already demonstrated in her career that she is a Member of principle. Tonight she is yet again doing the right thing, unlike many of her colleagues.

The Post Office proposes to close a third of the post office network in Bognor Regis and Littlehampton—five post offices in Bognor Regis and one in Littlehampton. The truncated consultation process has caused a real problem. We have had petitions and public demonstrations. We held a public meeting in Littlehampton which someone from the Post Office attended, but when a big public meeting was held in Bognor Regis, where five post offices are to close, no one from the Post Office was able to attend. Why? Because they were busy attending public meetings in London. If that consultation period had been longer, the Post Office would have had people available to come to Bognor Regis.

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