Post Of­fice switch fury

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AN­GRY MPS want an­swers from the Govern­ment over the “pri­vati­sa­tion” of town cen­tre post of­fices.

The state-owned net­work plans to trans­fer 40 of its Crown post of­fices to Wh­smith to cut costs.

Wh­smith will also take over 34 ex­ist­ing coun­ters in its shops which the Post Of­fice cur­rently runs.

Labour MP Gill Fur­niss, head of the all-party par­lia­men­tary group on post of­fices, wants a Com­mons de­bate amid fears the move will dam­age the ser­vice.

The plan will leave Wh­smith run­ning 208 post of­fice coun­ters on a fran­chise ba­sis out of a net­work of 11,500 post of­fices. The net­work has shrunk from 18,000 since 2009.

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