MP walks in postman’s shoes

March 26, 2013 1:55 PM

Carshalton and Wallington MP Tom Brake swapped the House of Commons office for the postman's shoes last week when he joined a local postman, Kevin, for a delivery round in Wallington.

For a short while Tom had the chance to experience first-hand the busy life of a postie and gain an insight into the challenges that they regularly face in their day-to-day jobs.

Tom said:

"I have a great deal of respect for the job the local postmen and women and do. They play an important role in our community. This is why I wanted to gain a better understanding of their work."

"Joining Kevin for a delivery round and talking about his job gave me a unique insight into the challenges of delivering mail, from dangerous dogs to poor house numbering."

"Postmen and postwomen are required to cover great distances in a short time, often in difficult weather conditions. It is a tough job, and I was just glad I could keep up!"

During his visit, Tom Brake had the chance to see the final stages of mail sorting and chat with the staff, before heading out for a delivery round. The purpose of this visit was to give the MP an insight into the challenges of delivering mail to every house and business in Carshalton and Wallington, six days a week.

Dog attacks are one of the main threats faced by staff. Many areas around the country have reported attacks on postmen by dogs. Over 3,100 postmen and women were attacked across the UK by dogs from April 2011 to April 2012. In Carshalton and Wallington, there have been 65 reported dog attacks since 2008.

Tom added:

"Postmen and women deserve to be able to do their job in a safe environment. Dog attacks are completely unacceptable."

Tom with the local postman, Kevin, during the delivery round."I would urge anyone who owns a dog to ensure it is kept under control so that the postmen and women are not in danger of being bitten."

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