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From The Socialist newspaper, 17 January 2008
Save our post offices
THIRTY PEOPLE turned up on a wet Tuesday afternoon to a protest, organised by Leicester Socialist Party, against local post office closures. At Guthridge Crescent post office in Braunstone estate, we delivered a giant envelope containing hundreds of letters of protest, two days before the Post Office's consultation deadline.
Steve Score, Leicester Socialist Party
Our protest was organised at very short notice, so many couldn't attend because they were at work, but it was a success.
The Leicester Mercury turned up to photograph us. Local people, some arriving with home-made placards, said it was crazy to close Guthridge Crescent post office since it is across the road from the local housing office where people have to go to pay their rent and council tax.
Local campaigner Andrew Walton said: "Since the announce-ment of 30 post office closures in the county, Leicester Socialist Party have held regular street stalls to give members of the public a chance to voice their anger against the Post Office's 'consultation exercise'.
"It has been difficult for us to organise as this coincided with the Christmas period, but we have collected 1,000 signatures on our petition and 220 letters of protest. The response was overwhelming, with unanimous anger at the loss of vital public services, which will disadvantage the most vulnerable in our society - those without transport, the elderly and disabled.
"The Socialist Party has campaigned consistently against cuts to services and against the privatisation of our public services. We have supported post workers on picket lines who have gone on strike for a decent living wage. This is in contrast to New Labour, who while their MPs may claim to be against post office closures, are still members of the government that is cutting back and selling off our postal service.
"There is a burning need to link together all the local campaigns against closure regionally and nationally to fight the government's national policy of 2,500 post office closures."
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In The Socialist 17 January 2008:
Fight for a living wage
Burslem: Support victimised postal workers
Editorial: Fight three year low pay tie-ins
Environment and socialism
Stop nuclear power plans NOW!
Is the burning of fossil fuels causing climate change?
Hain's sorry saga of sleaze
Blair's rewards from big business
Fire cuts threat to our public safety
Cardiff schools campaign grows
Nationalise Northern Rock - permanently
Growing crisis in housing
Socialist Party news
Save our post offices
Salford says: "Don't close our women's centre"
'Them and Us': news shorts
Feature: Building the shop stewards' movement
Socialist Party campaigning
Ideas for campaigning and fundraising
International socialist news and analysis
Sri Lanka: New year starts with atrocities
Biggest miners' underground occupation in Polish history
Socialist Party review
Review: More Time for Politics, Diaries 2001-2007, by Tony Benn
Socialist Party workplace news
Reinstate Karen Reissman - defend mental health services!
Derby nurses fight management attacks
Liverpool: City of Cuts
Vote Jim Cessford
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