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27 September 2013

Stevenson MSP Raises Royal Mail Privatisation with the First Minister

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Stewart Stevenson, SNP MSP for Banffshire and Buchan Coast has this week raised the issue in a parliamentary question to the First Minister about proposed privatisation of Royal Mail.

Royal Mail is set to be privatised in October this year, however, the plans have been heavily criticised by the SNP and union leaders. This sell-off is widely regarded as the largest privatisation since John Major’s Government’s railway privatisation in the 1990s. The First Minister had sent a letter to Prime Minister David Cameron calling for a moratorium on the privatisation of Royal Mail.

Mr Stevenson in a parliamentary question asked the First Minister if David Cameron had answered his calls to consider setting up a moratorium into the proposed sell-off. However, the First Minister Alex Salmond responded that he had not yet had any response.

Speaking after raising the matter with the First Minister, Mr Stevenson commented:

“I am disappointed to learn that David Cameron has failed to reply to the First Minister’s request for a moratorium to consider the privatisation of Royal Mail.

“The sell off of Royal Mail is a real concern for many constituents in the Banffshire and Buchan coast area and across Scotland. Rural communities rely heavily on the postal service- a reliable service is essential for providing a lifeline to people and businesses.

“David Cameron’s failure to respond to the First Minister’s letter demonstrates yet again Westminster’s failure to consider the wishes of the people of Scotland.”
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