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Sub-postmaster invited to speak at Holyrood

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THE FORRES sub-postmaster will talk about reviving the high street at the Scottish Parliament.

Paul McBain, who runs both the Forres and Keith post offices, was invited by Highlands and Islands MSP Jamie Halcro Johnston to be his guest at the 13th 'Business In the Parliament' conference at Holyrood in November.

Mr McBain said: "I am really looking forward to hearing what gets said at the Conference and, hopefully, getting the opportunity to contribute myself.

"I will be vigorously waving the flag for the local high street as I think sometimes we get ignored among all the grand schemes and developments which governments seem to prioritise."

Mr McBain and Mr Halcro-Johnston met to discuss the issue.

Mr McBain, a board member of the National Federation of Sub Postmasters, said: "I was also very pleased to discuss with Jamie the role of the post office network, here in Moray, and across the country, and the way it helps to sustain communities, while delivering an important range of services."

Mr Halcro Johnston believes Mr McBain will make a significant contribution to event, ensuring both Moray’s and the Post Office sector’s voice is represented.

He said: "I am delighted that Paul has accepted my invitation to come as my local business representative. The local Post Office has always been a crucial component of high streets across the country. They provide vital services for many residents and businesses, and their importance has only grown after the withdrawal of so many local bank branches.

"Our high streets are the beating hearts of communities across Scotland and can be crucial drivers for the local economy. That means ensuring they are attractive and accessible places to live, work, shop and socialise."

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