Corby Post Office closure raised in House of Commons

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The closure of Corby’s main post office branch has been discussed this morning in the Houses of Parliament.

Corby and East Northants MP Tom Pursglove called the situation a ‘mess’ and called on the Post Office to ‘sort it out.’

The town - believed to be the biggest in the country without a main post office - has not had a branch since the one situated in the Co-Op shut in January.

Post Office bosses had consulted local people on plans to open a new branch in New Post Office Square but have since rejected the scheme.

No alternative has yet been offered.

Mr Pursglove told the chamber: “Both Corby and Kings Cliffe in my constituency are suffering at the moment as a result of Post Office branch closures.

“Can we have a debate next week on the importance of getting alternative arrangements in place before branches are closed, and would the leader of the house join me in calling on Post Office Limited to sort out this mess as a matter of priority?”

Leader of the House Chris Grayling said: “I’d certainly hope I’d join him (Mr Pursglove) in expressing the hope that the Post Office will be very careful and proactive in the way it approaches closures in looking for places that alternative provision can be made.

“Thinking for an older generation that depend on their local Post Offices.. I am sure that the leadership of the Post Office will have heard his (Mr Pursglove’s) complaints and will want to take note.”