Postal petition

Angus MP Mike Weir joined members of the Save Our Royal Mail campaign in presenting a petition to the Prime Minister at 10 Downing Street calling for the government to abandon plans to privatise Royal Mail.

The petition had quickly collected 160,000 signatures against government plans. Mr Weir has consistently campaigned against the plans, both by the previous Labour government and the present Coalition government, to privatise Royal Mail.

Commenting Mr Weir said: “There is huge public concern that the privatisation of Royal Mail would have a disastrous consequence for mail services with a knock on effect on our local post offices. The fact that the petition very quickly gathered so many signatures shows the depth of that concern. I have received representations from constituents from Angus expressing concerns.”

Mr Weir added that rural firms have already been boosted through broadband upgrades. He added: “The Scottish Government have recently entered into a contract with BT to introduce fibre optic broadband to large areas of Scotland, covering some 95 per cent of the population by 2017. This could provide a massive boost to local businesses in rural areas.”