Lynne Featherstone MP recently met with Post Office officials to discuss the Post Office modernisation programme. The Senior Stakeholder Manager and a local Branch Manager met the MP at her office in Hornsey and Wood Green.
In 2010, the Coalition Government announced a £1.34 billion investment in Post Office modernisation over the next four years. A more recent announcement confirmed that existing Post Offices now have until early 2015 to opt in to the modernisation programme. Modernised branches will be refitted with modern features, have longer opening hours and offer a greater range of services to their customers.
The Liberal Democrat MP took the opportunity to discuss whether offices in Hornsey and Wood Green would be modernising. The MP also represented the view of many of her constituents – who would like to see at least one Post Office reopened in the constituency.
Following the meeting, Lynne Featherstone MP said:
“The previous Labour Government pursued a reckless and shameful policy of Post Office closures, in which five post offices in Hornsey and Wood Green were lost.
“I’m proud to say that putting an end to this was one of the first things the Liberal Democrats did in Government. There will now be no more involuntary closures.
“It was good to hear about modernisation in the constituency, but I still want to see some of our lost Post Offices reopened. The Post Office representatives gave little away about this – but rest assured that if there’s a chance to campaign to get a new Post Office in the constituency – then I will take it!”