Downing Street has received petitions signed by more than 5,000 people campaigning to keep their local post offices in Solihull and Meriden.
The petitions were delivered directly to Gordon Brown’s doorstep by MP Caroline Spelman (Con Meriden) and Maggie Throup, the Tory candidate for Solihull.
They called for a rethink over plans to close 56 post offices across Birmingham, Warwickshire and Coventry, including three in Solihull and one in Meriden. Post Office Ltd is also planning 26 closures in Birmingham, as part of a major cull of branches nationwide.
It argues that falling customer numbers make the closures inevitable, but campaigners have accused it of planning to close profitable branches.
Accompanying the politicians on Friday was Gareth Thomas, sub-postmaster of Catherine de Barnes post office, who claimed that Post Office Ltd has made a series of errors in a report setting out its reasons closing specific branches.
Ms Throup said: “We are taking our fight all the way to the top. The ultimatum to close up to 2,500 post offices came from the Government so our plea today is directly to the Prime Minister to ‘think again’.
“He has done so many u-turns on unpopular policy recently, we are asking for just one more.”
The petition had been prompted by the Prime Minister’s saying residents could reverse planned closures if they set out reasons why branches should remain open in an official consultation.
Ms Throup said: “We are taking Gordon Brown at his word and explaining why these branches should stay open.
The Government says it wants us all to use our cars less, so it makes no sense to close a branch in Catherine de Barnes and force people to drive elsewhere.”