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50,000-name protest to PM over post offices axe; SPARKBROOK.

FAMILIES showed their opposition to post office closures by presenting a petition to Downing Street.

Lib Dem councillor Jerry Evans presented a 50,000 name petition, which included hundreds of signatures from the Springfield and Sparkbrook areas, calling on the Government to reverse their Post Office closure plan.

Around 55 post offices have closed in Birmingham in recent years and the Government are set to force through even more closures.

Coun Evans said: "Post offices are vital facilities for local communities and their closure will hit residents hard.

"We must do all we can to stop these closures from taking place.

"Gordon Brown and Labour need to listen to the people who are concerned about their plans to close post offices.

"The axing of branches means that many, often the most vulnerable, are denied access to Post Office services.

"Closures also lead to the loss of other local shops and businesses, ripping the heart out of local communities."
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