“The people of Motherwell and I have made our views clear on the privatisation of the Brandon Crown Post Office clear: we are opposed to it.
“While the proposed premises are central, it will still result in a drop in services, expertise and access.
“The decrease in footfall in Motherwell town centre and the inconvenience to the many older folk who regularly use the current Crown Post Office must not be underestimated.
“Furthermore, a recent report from the Cass Business School says that if the Post Office’s banking services were taken into public ownership Post Office revenues could be massively boosted – particularly through lending to small and medium sized enterprises which tend to be locally owned.
“However, in typical fashion, the Tories prefer a managed decline of a valued public asset rather than taking action to ensure its long term success and benefits to communities.
“I will be making my strong views heard in the Post Office’s consultation and I urge everyone else to take part and let them know that we want these plans scrapped.”