Privatised Royal Mail 'a recipe for disaster'
The Government has been accused of "playing politics with the postage stamp" over its £3 billion sell-off of the Royal Mail that could spell "disaster" for rural communities.
Labour yesterday launched a bruising attack on the proposed flotation in the House of Commons, arguing an affordable postal service is a lifeline in the countryside.
Opposition MPs warned introducing profit would be the death of the universal service obligation – a stamp paying for delivery of a letter to every home in the UK – as high premiums are introduced or postage refused because of the expense.
Labour Shadow Business Minister Ian Murray said: "It's a recipe of disaster and a recipe that will be hardest felt in rural areas."
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Dan Rogerson, Liberal Democrat MP for North Cornwall, said loss of service would be a "huge source of anxiety" in rural areas, but that post would be "more protected" than under Labour, which sanctioned mass closures of rural post offices.
Business Minister Jo Swinson told MPs the six-day-a-week service is enshrined in law and the "over-arching objective" of the reforms was to make sure the postal service was accessible to everyone.