Neil Bibby MSP has welcomed the Communication Workers' Union's #PeoplesPost bus to Paisley as part of the campaign to save Paisley Crown Post Office.
Thousands of customers have signed the CWU's petition against Post Office Ltd's proposals to close the popular Crown Post Office in the Piazza shopping centre and move services to back of a high street shop.
Neil says Post Office Ltd have failed to be open and transparent about the move and has tabled a formal response to the consultation, raising a number of concerns - including over the accessibility of the new location for older and disabled customers. He has also tabled a motion in the Scottish Parliament calling on Post Office Ltd to consider alternatives to the franchising process.
After signing the CWU's #PeoplesPost postcard, Neil Bibby MSP said:
"I'm pleased that the CWU campaign bus has visited Paisley. The CWU trade union are fighting hard not just to protect their members' jobs but they're also working hard alongside the community to try and save this valuable local service.
"The message from this event was loud and clear - Paisley in Scotland's largest town and it should continue to have its own dedicated Crown Post Office.
"Over the past few months, Post Office Ltd have not been transparent or open about their changes and are now damaging their reputation in this community with their actions.
"I am therefore calling again on Post Office Ltd, even at this late stage, to listen to the views of staff and customers and put a stop to this move."
Neil Bibby MSP has welcomed the Communication Workers' Union's #PeoplesPost bus to Paisley as part of the campaign to save Paisley Crown Post Office. Thousands of customers have signed the CWU's petition...Go to the post
Local campaigner Corinne Hutton joined Neil Bibby MSP at Holyrood recently to take part in the Opening Ceremony for the new session of the Scottish Parliament.
MSPs invited local heroes to take part in this major event in recognition of the important contribution they have made to the lives of other people living in Scotland, either locally or nationally.
Corinne has recently become only the fourth ever recipient of the Honorary Freedom of Renfrewshire, in recognition of her charity work which has continued despite a life-changing illness in 2013. Having suffered acute pneumonia and septicaemia, surgeons were forced to amputate her hands and legs below the knee.
Corinne responded by establishing a charity, Finding Your Feet, which offers practical, emotional and financial support to individuals and families who have suffered limb loss or life-changing physical trauma. Her courage and determination has helped her raise over £200,000, achieved through the likes of completing a gruelling 5km assault course, becoming the first quadruple amputee in history to climb Ben Nevis, and breaking a record by abseiling 140 feet. For more information on Corinne’s charity, Finding Your Feet, visit www.findingyourfeet.net.
The Opening of Parliament commenced with the Crown of Scotland being processed down the Royal Mile to the Scottish Parliament. In the Debating Chamber, Her Majesty The Queen addressed newly elected Members of the Scottish Parliament and guests. Following the Address there was a Riding down the Royal Mile - marking the centuries-old Scots tradition – which involved up to 2,000 people from every constituency and region of Scotland.
Neil Bibby MSP said:
“Inviting a local hero to the Opening of Parliament is all about recognising someone who has made an outstanding contribution to the lives of others and no one fits that description better than Corinne.
“Corinne’s charity work has been remarkable, raising hundreds of thousands of pounds to help others and her courage and determination should be an inspiration to us all.
“Becoming only the fourth ever recipient of the Honorary Freedom of Renfrewshire shows just how special Corinne’s achievements are and I’m delighted she was able to join me at the Opening Ceremony.”
Local campaigner Corinne Hutton joined Neil Bibby MSP at Holyrood recently to take part in the Opening Ceremony for the new session of the Scottish Parliament. MSPs invited local...Go to the post