MP's rallying call to protect post offices
An MP who was responsible for post offices in the Thatcher Government more than 20 years ago has called on the coalition to maintain the service.
Gainsborough MP Edward Leigh has seen a number of rural post offices and the one on Trinity Street in Gainsborough closed in Government cutbacks.
Now the veteran Conservative is calling for the service to be made the "the front office for Government".
Mr Leigh spoke out in a bid to influence an impending decision by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority whether to continue to allow people to renew their car tax, get their driving licence, and access other DVLA services from their local post office.
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"Local communities are built around the nucleus of the local shop, pub, and – crucially – the post office," said Mr Leigh.
"If the DVLA withdraw access to Government services it will make it more difficult for village post offices to survive – and make rural village life more difficult for everyone.
"The fact that hundreds of my constituents have written to me on this subject just shows the strength of feeling when it comes to post office provision being taken away.
"Post offices are perfectly placed to act as the 'front office for Government'."