Rachel Reeves

Member of Parliament for Leeds West

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Representatives from the Communication Workers Union Leeds No. 1 Amalgamated Branch participated in a lobby of Parliament last week. 

The delegation met with Rachel’s staff to argue that the postal service should remain in the public sector, following the Government’s proposal that Royal Mail be privatised. Last week, Labour voiced its opposition to privatisation as an ill-conceived means to raise funds for George Osborne’s failed economic plan during a Westminster Hall debate.

Ian Murray MP, Shadow Minister for Employment Relations, Consumer & Postal Affairs, said of the plans, 

"The UK’s cherished postal service has taken steps to modernise and management, staff and trade unions should be congratulated for that.  Instead, Ministers have got the “fire sale” signs out and are playing politics with the postage stamp. With reports that the banks involved in the sell-off are set to make huge profits, it’s yet again the case that this Tory-led government are putting their own interests and their own friends ahead of taxpayers across the UK who rely on a reliable and efficient postal service. "

Rachel said:

“It appears that the timing of the Government’s proposal is motivated by their desire to raise money quickly in order to compensate for their failing economic plan, which has left the Government borrowing £245 billion more than they planned in 2010. This is not the right way to decide the future of Royal Mail, which should always be based on an assessment of how best to secure the universal service obligation and how to get the best value for the taxpayer.” 

Royal Mail annual profits have more than doubled since last year, with operating profits for the year up to the end of March totalling £403 million, compared to £152 million in the previous year. This indicates a promising future for Royal Mail so long as the Government agrees to abandon its pursuit of privatisation.

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