Battle commences to save Lancaster's Post Office

Thank you to everyone who came out to support my public meeting to launch the campaign to Save Lancaster Crown Post Office.

Wednesday, 4th May 2016, 12:12 pm
Updated Wednesday, 4th May 2016, 2:15 pm
Cat Smith - Labour MP

It was hugely disappointing that no one from the management of Post Office would accept the invitation to answer questions from the public on what could potentially be a huge asset loss to our city.

I have also been to Lancaster Girls’ Grammar School and met Year 9 pupils who had prepared a series of presentations on issues ranging from mental health through to transport for the north. It was really good to have the opportunity to give a short talk about what an MP does and take questions.

There has been a lot of coverage in the press, including a front page of the Lancaster Guardian, about the pressure we are putting on our youngsters sitting SATS in primary schools.

I was happy to host a delegation of head teachers from across Lancaster to hear their concerns. This, along with representations from parents and even some 10-year-olds who have emailed me, leaves me concerned about the pressure we put on our children.

In Parliament I was pleased to welcome Lancaster resident Graeme Ellis and join him in meeting Labour’s shadow minister for disabled people Debbie Abrahams. Until recently Graeme had been a Conservative activist but left following a budget which hit disabled people hard.

I’m delighted to welcome Graeme into the Labour Party and join him in his first actions campaigning for the rights of disabled people.

I’ve also met with Lancashire County Council to ensure Lancaster’s potholes are dealt with by their increased number of repair teams – it’s a priority for the council, who despite seeing about three-quarters of their pothole fund cut from Government, have managed to increase the numbers working on filling the potholes locally.