Lewes Liberal Democrats have accused their Brighton-based MP, Maria Caulfield, of cynical hypocrisy over her refusal to sign up to a parliamentary Early Day Motion (EDM) about protecting our Post Offices.
Local Lib Dems have been backing the campaign to protect Lewes’ Post Office on their website at www.leweslibdems.org.uk and on doorsteps. Campaigners have been pressing the Conservative MP to sign the EDM which urges the relevant government minister to intervene to protect jobs and services where post offices are threatened across the country.
On her website the Conservative MP states that she does not “as a rule sign EDMs”. However, since November she has, in fact, signed six EDMs on topics including St Patrick’s Day and Guantanamo Bay.
“It is shocking hypocrisy to claim to your constituents that you don’t sign up to EDMs, and then sign up to six of them!” says Shirley Sains, who is standing for the Lib Dems in the forthcoming Town Council by-election in Lewes.
“The Post Office in Lewes is a vital community resource and is outrageous that the Post Office Ltd would even consult on franchising, or possibly closing, it.
“There is absolutely no good reason that Maria Caulfield can’t sign up to this. It just exposes the fact that she doesn’t really care about Lewes or understand the concerns of local residents.”
Local Lib Dem County Councillor, Rosalyn St Pierre, adds: “Perhaps if Maria Caulfield’s own local Post Office in Woodingdean was under threat she would be more concerned.
“We all know that she is more worried with toeing the Conservative party line in parliament on cuts than standing up for local people, but this motion doesn’t even criticise the government!
“All it is asking for is that the minister do what he can to protect jobs and services. It’s not a lot to ask, but we are having to get used to expecting a lot less than we used to from our MP.”
Lewes Liberal Democrats’ Post Office campaign page can be found at: www.leweslibdems.org.uk/post_office