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First class hypocrisy from Labour over post office closures

Issue No. 2094

The Labour government is pushing through the closure of more than 2,500 of Britain’s 14,000 post offices.

The measure will attack many of the most vulnerable in our society – such as those without a bank account, the elderly, disabled and those with young children – all of whom rely on local post offices.

Last week saw an opportunity for MPs to put a halt to the closures. They didn’t.

At 7.15pm on Wednesday of last week Andrew Slaughter, Labour MP for Ealing, Acton and Shepherd’s Bush in west London, voted against suspending post office closures.

Thirty minutes later, he was speaking at a meeting at Hammersmith town hall to protest against the closures.

Sadiq Khan, Labour MP for Tooting, also voted against suspending the closures before rushing-off to address an ­anti‑closures meeting.

At least 90 Labour MPs – one in four of the parliamentary party – have campaigned locally against closures. However, only 19 Labour backbenchers rebelled against the government in the vote.

In stark contrast Left List candidates are opposed to the closures and will continue fighting to defend our public services.

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Tue 25 Mar 2008, 18:57 GMT
Issue No. 2094
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