Whiteford raises rural postal concerns in debate

STAMP IT OUT: Eilidh Whiteford MP is supporting the campaign to stamp out wildlife crime.
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Banff and Buchan MP Eilidh Whiteford has hit hout at the UK Government’s plans to privatise Royal Mail.

Dr. Whiteford was speaking during a debate in the House of Commons on the future of rural postal provision.

Speaking during the debate, Dr Whiteford drew attention to the fact that rural communities relied heavily on the postal service, and that any change to the Universal Service Obligation would have a devastating impact on rural constituencies like Banff & Buchan.

Commenting after the debate, Dr, Whiteford said: “It is difficult to overstate just how important the Royal Mail is to residents and businesses in my constituency.

“It is difficult to see how a privately-owned and run business will be able to replicate the reach and cost effectiveness of the Royal Mail as it operates at present.

“I and many others have campaigned to keep the Royal Mail in public ownership. However, the UK Government are ideologically determined to push ahead with privatisation.”