Saturday, 2 November 2013

Councillors back renationalisation of Royal Mail

Two senior SNP councillors have welcomed the party’s unequivocal condemnation of the privatisation of Royal Mail by the UK Government.

The SNP statement was endorsed by the party’s National Conference, which met last week in Perth.  Delegates also backed a commitment that, following a ‘YES’ vote in next year’s Independence Referendum, a subsequent SNP Government in an independent Scotland would take Royal Mail back into public ownership.

Cllr Marie Burns said, “Our postal services are far too important to Scotland and crucial to small businesses and individuals, to simply be sold off on the cheap in the way Westminster has done.

“Just days after the privatisation went ahead we have already seen warnings that customers will pay the price with a rise in the cost of stamps.

“It is clear that the only way for Scotland to have the postal service it wants and deserves is with a Yes vote next year.”

Cllr Ruth Maguire added, “The SNP have pledged to act to maintain a universal six-day a week postal service in an independent Scotland. 

"SNP delegates have sent out a clear message to people in Scotland – we are committed to our public services and will not simply sit by and accept what Westminster has done.  With a Yes vote next year, we will use the powers of an independent Scotland to bring the Royal Mail in Scotland back where it belongs into public ownership.”

Councillors Burns and Maguire are members of North Ayrshire Council’s ruling SNP Cabinet.

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