Rt Hon Lord Lilley

    Peter Lilley, MP for Hitchin and Harpenden, has promised his support to post offices in his constituency threatened with closure.

    He said: “The post office is much more than a commercial operation. Taking one away from a village is like taking the heart out of a community.

    “It is particularly tough on the elderly and the least well off in towns as well as villages. If they have to travel further to get the services they rely on, some of them will suffer great inconvenience.

    “I will be looking closely at the figures published by the Post Office to justify the closures. It seems to me that some of them are already out of date.

    “The branch at Waterdell Lane in St Ippolyts, for example, has changed hands since the information was gathered and it looks as if the figures being used do not reflect a recent increase in customer numbers.

    “I am meeting some of the postmasters and postmistresses who do not want to lose their post offices and will do all I can to support campaigns to retain the postal services for which there are no adequate alternatives.”

    The Post Office is proposing to axe four branches in North Herts – at St Ippolyts, Hexton, Whitwell and Blakes Corner in Hitchin – and one in Harpenden, at 107 Station Road which serves Batford.