George Lane Post Office

6th June 2018

In 2017 the Post Office proposed the closure of the George Lane Post Office.  The planned closure would have left South Woodford residents without a Crown branch Post Office and its range of services.  In November 2017, local residents started a campaign to keep the current Post Office open and sought the help of local MP, Iain Duncan Smith.  In the months that followed, around 2,000 local people signed a petition and Mr Duncan Smith supported their efforts by organising a debate on the matter in Parliament and negotiating with Post Office managers to keep the branch open.

As a result of the concerted efforts of local residents, collaboration between the Post Office Workers Union, local Conservative Councillors and Iain Duncan Smith, local MP, the Post Office has today [Wednesday 6th] announced that the Crown branch Post Office will remain open at its current location.  The decision may be reviewed in the future but for the foreseeable future, South Woodford gets to keep its Post Office.

Rt Hon Iain Duncan Smith MP said:

“I am very pleased with the Post Office’s decision to keep the Crown branch open in George Lane.  This was very important issue for many of my constituents and I was keen to support the campaign, both locally and in Westminster.  I would like to thank both the Post Office Workers Union and all the local people who united around maintaining this important asset in South Woodford: a Post Office is an integral and essential part of the community, so I am delighted that the organisation has listened to all those who felt strongly about this issue and worked hard to secure this positive outcome. Now, let’s make this permanent.”

Iain Duncan Smith welcomes last minute reprieve for South  Woodford Post Office

POLICY IDEAS

Freedom of Movement post Brexit by Rt Hon Iain Duncan Smith MP


March 2018

Summary

This paper sets out proposals to revise the immigration system and additionally in the annexe it makes the point that more information is required to fully understand the nature of where the costs fall and benefits exist. The information on much, if not all, of this is held by the government.
 
The central objective should be to ensure control over the movement of people. Using a combination of work permits and a cap we would look to control access to work and rights to settlement. Free movement for EU citizens for other purposes should be preserved.