A CAMPAIGNING MP’s fight to save a West Lancashire village post office from closure has ended in victory.
The district’s Labour MP Rosie Cooper won her battle to save Newburgh Post Office, on Course Lane, before the official consultation period had even started.
It was reported the branch’s future was left hanging in the balance because another branch in Lytham-St-Anne’s, near Blackpool, was saved.
Rosie acted immediately by securing top level governmental talks including with Secretary of State John Hutton and Post Office minister Pat McFadden.
Last week, she attended a specially-arranged public meeting in the village where she reaffirmed her support to save the branch.
Rosie said: “I’m completely over the moon that this plan has finally been ditched."
“Right from the start, I’ve told people, including the hundreds of villagers who wrote to me, that I will fight tooth and nail to keep the Newburgh branch and that is what I have done."
“During that time there have been some very robust discussions with people in high places, and they were left under no illusion what I and many other people in West Lancs thought of the plan."
“I was convinced that we had a strong case and the U-turn reflects that."
“I know Irene Allen, the postmistresses at Newburgh, is immensely grateful for all the support she has received from local residents and Newburgh Parish Council."
“Hopefully she can now look forward to a bright future at the branch knowing full well that she has the full support of her loyal customers and local organisations behind her.”
Irene said: “Throughout all of this, Rosie has been incredibly supportive and has kept in constant contact to keep me fully informed."
“She has pulled out all the stops for me and I am forever indebted for the vital role she played in securing what is basically my livelihood."
“I know that all the villagers, including myself, are immensely grateful for all she has done to help save this important service for the people of Newburgh and West Lancashire.”