Post Office Ltd's consultation on the closure of the Post Office in the Market Place closed today.
I have filed my response with the Chief Executive directly this afternoon, including an update on my Petition which is still live.
My response to the Consultation is below:
I've has called on local political leaders to mobilize their campaign teams and join with me to campaign to protect our economy, security and environment by keeping Britain at the heart of the European Union.
The Prime Minister has failed to ask the right questions in his negotiations with other heads of Government, so reform won’t go far enough. Why didn’t he insist on ending the monthly farce of moving the Parliament between Strasbourg and Brussels, which costs time and taxpayers’ money? It’s really not clear whether we are “special” or not, or what those who come here and work their socks off are able to claim in work benefits.
However, for the time being this is a mere sideshow. In the short time between now and the Referendum on 23rd June, smack bang in the middle of Glastonbury Festival, there is so much more than one man’s legacy and reputation at stake. This monumental decision will affect the economy, security and environment in Britain, the rest of Europe and beyond for decades. Leaving the European Union would put us at risk and be a massive mistake.
I’m calling for our new “fence-sitter” MP (as he has described himself), and representatives of the local Labour and Green Parties to ask themselves the following questions:
- Is it best for Somerset, Britain and indeed Europe to have us within the biggest, most important economy on earth, or not?
- Is it better in times of danger and insecurity to be with our friends, neighbours and allies, or not?
- When we are faced with huge global emergencies like climate change, pandemic disease and the refugee crisis, are we better able to deal with those together, or on our own?”
And closer to home, do they honestly believe George Osborne will plug the gap when our farmers, wildlife and tourism lose all European subsidies, members of our workforce are forced to return home and businesses shut up shop and head for the continent?
The fact is, Britain is better in Europe, and Europe is better with Britain in it.
Last week, Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party failed to support a Liberal Democrat push in the House of Lords to block devastating cuts to solar subsidies..
The Lib Dems, who stood up for the renewable industry whilst in Government, were the only party to try and block the bid, tabling a ‘fatal motion’ which would have done exactly what is says on the tin - killing the plans to cut 65% of solar funding.
Thousands of solar installations, including those planned by social housing landlords, have been cancelled or put on hold as a result of these short-sighted Tory cuts.
Furthermore, according to the Tories’ own impact assessment, between 9,700 and 18,700 jobs in the industry could be lost over the next two years as a result of the change.
"No one should be surprised by the Conservatives' cuts which will cost people dearly; they pocketed millions of pounds from the big energy companies who feel threatened by renewable energy - which literally puts power back into ordinary people’s hands - before the election. Now it’s payback time."
"The big energy companies put pressure on the Conservatives to attack the renewable industry so they can maintain their grip on our energy supplies, and thereby control the price we pay for electricity."
"But what’s really disappointing is that despite Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn's attack on David Cameron for the cuts, his party chose not to join the Lib Dems in voting the cuts down."
"If Labour had joined forces with the Lib Dems last week, we'd have outnumbered the Tories and protected jobs in renewable energy from economically illiterate Conservative cuts.
7th February 2016