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Anyone hoping for a credible alternative to our Tory MP will be disappointed to read the Labour candidate's clueless comments on the closure:Labour's Parliamentary candidate, Katherine Chibah, blamed the move on the Royal Mail's privatisation in 2013. "The closure of Hertford Post Office is a major blow to the local community," she said. "It is a huge let down for those who collect their pensions and use it for the other services it provides. Many warned that the recent sell off of the Post Office by the Tory-led Government would lead to local closures and sadly that seems to be the case."
Overlooking the fact that Katherine feels political posturing is more important than representing her potential constituents, she makes a couple of very basic factual mistakes. Firstly, The Post Office has not been sold off. It is still a nationalised limited company. She seems to be confusing The Post Office with The Royal Mail. The Post Office has not been a part of The Royal Mail for nearly three years. Secondly, The Post Office has not closed the Fore Street branch, the owner of the building has evicted them (albeit quite suddenly and without explanation). The Post Office are doing their best to maintain a presence in the town having been thrown out of their existing premises.