SNP’s pledge on Royal Mail future

Pictured is Mike Weir at the SNP conference

Pictured is Mike Weir at the SNP conference

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Attendees at the Scottish National Party (SNP) conference in Perth, condemned the privatisation of the Royal Mail.

Angus MP Mike Weir raised a motion to bring the Royal Mail back in to public hands if Scotland were to gain independence after next year’s referendum.

Speaking for the resolution, Mr Weir said that a universal postal service is an “essential part of Scotland’s infrastructure”.

He also said that a ‘Yes’ vote in next year’s referendum, led by a SNP Government would bring the Royal Mail back into public ownership.

Commenting on the vote, Mr Weir 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.

“Delegates have sent out a clear message to people in Scotland – the SNP 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 into public ownership.

“A reliable and reasonably priced mail service is essential to small businesses throughout Scotland and especially in areas such as Angus

“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.

“The SNP has pledged to act to maintain a universal six-day a week postal service in an independent Scotland and bring the Royal Mail back into public ownership where it belongs.”