Latest post office cull includes four in Brown's constituency

ANOTHER 42 Scottish post offices have been earmarked for closure, with services in the Prime Minister's constituency among those facing the axe.

In the latest round of cuts announced yesterday, four post offices were singled out in Gordon Brown's Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath seat. There are 21 post offices in Mr Brown's constituency.

The latest proposals are part of UK-wide cutbacks and will affect the North-east, Tayside and Fife. There are 374 post offices in the area covered by the announcement.

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In Dundee, the branches at Ferry Road, Nethergate and Fairmuir are proposed for closure along with Monikie in Broughty Ferry.

Stewart Hosie, SNP MP for Dundee East, said the closure process had been a disaster for the government and the Prime Minister.

Tricia Dow, the director of the watchdog Postwatch Scotland, urged customers to highlight the hardship the closures would cause.

"Every post office that closes hits the most vulnerable people," she said.

Last night, the Post Office insisted that 99.9 per cent of the population of the North-East would see no change to their nearest branch or would remain within a mile of an alternative.