Local Post Office campaigner Jo Swinson is now taking the fight to the House of Commons
In her first Parliamentary act as the new MP for East Dunbartonshire, Liberal Democrat Jo Swinson, today took the fight to save East Dunbartonshire’s High Streets from being decimated by the closure of local financial services to the House of Commons.
Ms Swinson tabled a House of Commons Motion warning of the disastrous consequences that could hit towns in the constituency. The Motion follows both the recent closures of local post offices and also this month’s announcement that Clydesdale bank branches could be closed in East Dunbartonshire.
Clydesdale Bank branches that could be under threat include Bishopbriggs, Bearsden, Milngavie and Kirkintilloch. Already, post offices have been closed in Kessington, Killermont, Auchinairn, Courthill and Westerton. Bishopbriggs Post Office has been under threat and Jo Swinson has been a leading campaigner to save the facility.
Jo Swinson MP said:-
“Businesses and older people rely on local branches for their banking services. It is deeply worrying that the continuing loss of financial services in our communities could lead to the disintegration of the local economy and the decimation of our local high streets.
“With the closure of so many post offices in East Dunbartonshire and now the threat of our banking services being axed, there is a real danger that our high streets could become ghost towns.
“It is time that ministers had an urgent root and branch investigation of the impact that these post office and bank branch closures will have on our economy and what can be done to reduce the impact on local pensioners and traders.”