Government minister Jo Swinson MP, the Minister responsible for Post Offices, has snubbed a request from residents for an urgent meeting for her to see first-hand the importance of the threatened Lupus Street Post Office for the local community. In a response from her office, the Liberal Democrat Minister for Employment Relations and Consumer Affairs refused to meet local residents and restated the plans to merge the Post Office with branches in Eccleston Street and Vauxhall Bridge Road.
This is stark contrast to the Labour campaign to keep the Lupus Street Post Office open which this week saw former Labour Home Secretary Alan Johnson MP join local Labour campaigners Murad Gassanly, Shamim Talukder and Jason Thomas Williams in fighting plans to close the Pimlico Post Office, an important community service for older people and families.
A petition started by Labour Councillors has already gathered over 400 signatures in support of the Post Office.
Local Labour Churchill Ward campaigner Murad Gassanly said;
“It’s bitterly disappointing that the Government refuse to change its closure plans for the Lupus Street office which could have a real negative effect for local people and a knock on effect for local businesses who rely on the post office and the resulting footfall.”
“The Churchill Labour Action team have spent the last few months working hard campaigning on this issue and will keep up the momentum so we continue to speak up for our communities and our local Post office.”
A copy of the Government letter can be found hereLetter on Lupus St from Govt