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From The Socialist newspaper, 26 April 2007

Coventry socialists fight Post Office closure

Dave Nellist at Socialist Party congress

Dave Nellist at Socialist Party congress

COVENTRY SOCIALISTS have reacted angrily to the news that their city centre's Post Office is to close. Councillor Dave Nellist (leader, Socialist Group, Coventry city council and councillor for St Michael's ward), who represents the city centre, said:

"This is another deterioration in service, and a threat to jobs and working conditions, by a Post Office that seems to be preparing itself for privatisation.

"Like many others I have regularly faced waits of 20 minutes or more to get served there not only because of what appears to be understaffing at peak periods, but in particular the knock-on effect of numerous local Post Office closures throughout the city forcing more people to use the main city centre Post Office. We need more and better local postal services not sweetheart deals with big businesses as a preparation for privatisation.

"As local councillors we will be launching a petition against this closure and will look to work with Post Office workers and their union to build the biggest possible protest during the Post Office's consultation period.

"Whilst we will look for support against this closure from other councillors and MPs, there has to come a time when it is recognised that many decisions taken by the Post Office, such as the threatened closure of the Bishop Street sorting office and now the Hertford St main Post Office itself, stem from Labour government decisions undermining the network.

"The government has withdrawn a large amount of its business from the Post Office by its decision to pay most state benefits direct into bank accounts rather than over Post Office counters. The most recent decision like this was the loss of the contract to issue television licences.

"As well as responding to the Post Office consultation we will seek to send a message to the Labour government they must change course and stop wrecking the Post Office."

Standing for socialism in Coventry

THE SOCIALIST Party has three councillors already in Coventry. However, one of them - Karen McKay in St Michael's ward - is not standing for re-election on 3 May and so the Socialist Party is standing Lindsay Currie in her place.

The Socialist Party is also standing two other candidates in Coventry seats. They are Josie Kenny in Henley and Jason Toynbee in Sherbourne.

In six other seats where we would normally stand, we are supporting pensioners' and left alliance candidates.

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