In a joint statement today (March 23rd 2015) Labour MP for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland Tom Blenkinsop and Mrs Sue Edgar the Sub Postmistress and owner of Guisborough Post Office hit out at comments by Conservative Candidate Will Goodhand which suggested that Tom had been engaged in ‘scare mongering’ over the recent closure of the Post Office for refurbishment, and which claimed the work was being underwritten “by government financial grants”.
Responding to the comments Mrs Edgar said:
“These comments from Mr Goodhand are nonsense and personally insulting to me. I personally invested a substantial amount of money into revamping the Post Office and I am extremely amazed to see Will Goodhand claiming that the revamp is simply all down to a Government Investment Scheme.
“I want to put on record my special thanks to Tom and his team who have worked with me since the day I took over the running of the Westgate Post Office. They have been a great support for me both when I was struggling to get the business up and running and latterly, over issues around the organisation for the revamp and postal services while the Post Office was shut.”
“I find Mr Goodhand’s comments disturbing. It seems that he made no attempt to find out the facts before hitting the keyboard and making those comments. If he had done so, he would have found that I and my team were simply trying to get proper alternative arrangements in place on the part of Post Office Ltd during the closure period. Frankly, he should have been calling for this himself, instead of trying to suggest the work was wholly funded by the government he supports – something shown to be inaccurate by the Sub Postmistress herself. I feel that, at the very least, Mrs Edgar is owed an apology from Mr Goodhand.”