Geoffrey Clifton-Brown MP yesterday took the opportunity to question the Government about their plans for the Sorting Office at Wotton-under-Edge, during a debate on the future of Royal Mail.

The MP told the Minister of State for Employment Relations and Postal Affairs, Pat McFadden MP that:

“It (Royal Mail) proposes to close a sorting office at Wotton-under-Edge, a small market town in my constituency in which the Sorting Office is a major employer. Royal Mail has refused to attend any public meetings or give a business case.”

Mr Clifton-Brown then went on to ask the Minister if he felt that Royal
Mail should be obliged to explain to his constituents why it was taking such a step.

Unfortunately, the Mr McFadden failed to give a direct answer to the
question to the disgust of Mr Clifton-Brown.

“The Minister was aware that I would question him on this Sorting Office and yet he could not shine a single bit of light on the situation, referring only to the company as a whole without consideration of each individual office”

“Worse still is his failure to answer on the issue of a consultation. This is symptomatic of a Government who has been happy to oversee the slow decline of Postal Services in the Country and who doesn’t care about jobs, even as the country slides deeper into a recession.”

The MP has arranged a meeting with Royal Mail later in the month where he will continue to press for a future for the Sorting Office at Wotton-under-Edge.

Source: Geoffrey Clifton-Brown MP (Cotswolds)