MP sees red

PUBLISHED: 17:23 05 October 2006 | UPDATED: 10:57 06 May 2010

MP Oliver Heald – “I think it’s a disgrace”

MP Oliver Heald – “I think it’s a disgrace”

THE closure of Letchworth GC s central post office is to be brought up in the House of Commons. North East Herts MP Oliver Heald has pledged to raise the matter in the House, after Post Office Ltd announced it intends to franchise the branch

THE closure of Letchworth GC's central post office is to be brought up in the House of Commons.

North East Herts MP Oliver Heald has pledged to raise the matter in the House, after Post Office Ltd announced it intends to franchise the branch despite massive public opposition.

Mr Heald said he will bring up the issue when Parliament reconvenes next week and will try to get Jim Fitzpatrick, the minister with responsibility for the Post Office, to look into it.

The MP is particularly annoyed that his request to have a meeting with Post Office managing director Alan Cook has been turned down.

Mr Heald said he had written to Mr Cook asking to meet with him, and had received a letter, not from Mr Cook himself, declining the invitation.

He added: "I'm definitely going to raise the fact that the managing director hasn't been prepared to have a meeting with an MP because I think that's a disgrace.

"It's just completely and utterly wrong."

He also pledged to report the matter to the cross-party committee that deals with trade and industry "so that they're aware of the high-handed attitude of the Post Office".

The date for the change over from the central post office branch in Broadway to the McColl's store in Station Road was originally due to be October 26, but this week it was changed to November 23.

A spokesman for Post Office Ltd said this change of date was to give more time for IT systems to be set up.

The current branch will close for good at the end of trading on November 22.

The Comet was once again unable to get hold of anyone at Martin McColl, which own McColl's, to discuss the new branch.


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