Mel Stride

    CENTRAL DEVON MP and Chair of the Commons Treasury Select Committee, Mel Stride challenged Barclays Bank last week in the House of Commons to continue to let their customers withdraw money from local post offices, with the bank then agreeing to do so less than 24 hours later. They had been the only major UK bank saying that they would withdraw the service. Mr Stride pressed Barclays to “reconsider” their position so that residents in rural communities who have lost their last bank but still have a post office are able to access cash over the counter. The following day the Chief Executive of Barclays said he had listened to the Government and MPs on the issue and offered a U-turn.

    Mr Stride then paid tribute to Stuart Rogers, the sub-postmaster of Ashburton Post Office in his constituency, for his “brilliant work” on the issue as the South West’s representative of the Federation of Sub-Postmasters.

    Speaking after his Commons speech Mr Stride said:

    “Stuart has been relentless in keeping issues important to rural post offices firmly on the Government’s agenda and in pressing banks to do more to make their customers aware of the banking services available at local post offices. I have always been pleased to support him on this, both locally and in Westminster, and it is important that he gets the recognition he deserves.”

    Central Devon has the third most post offices of the 650 constituencies in the country and campaigning to keep them open has been one of his top priorities as an MP.

    Mr Stride’s speech can be found at