30 Jun 2009

The MP for the East End, John Mason, today (Tuesday) expressed his own view that Lord Mandelson’s admission that the UK Government will not progress legislation to part-privatise Royal Mail as a ‘humiliating climb down’ but sounded a warning that, if similar plans are introduced in the next Parliament, in his opinion they would be disastrous for the postal service.

The local MP has been vocal in his defence of Royal Mail and postal services and has received numerous letters and comments from concerned constituents on the issue.

Commenting on the Government’s decision to postpone their proposals, Glasgow East MP John Mason said:

“The Labour Government is quite simply wrong on this issue. The proposals to privatise bits of Royal Mail are both unworkable and unpopular. This is plain for all to see with the massive opposition it has stirred up.

“This climb down will be welcomed by both Royal Mail employees and the many service users all across the City of Glasgow.

“Privatisation would spell the beginning of the end for Royal Mail, and open the door to job losses, service cuts and a deterioration in the working conditions of postal workers.

“The proposal may be in the long-grass but it is still lurking around. The Government should dump this unwanted privatisation completely and concentrate on a positive agenda for our postal services.”