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MP for Ross, Skye and Lochaber Ian Blackford is holding a surgery in Mallaig this Friday, January 12, to meet with constituents about the effects of the proposed closure of the Royal Bank of Scotland’s Mallaig branch on the wider community.
Before the Westminster Parliament closed for the Christmas recess, Ian Blackford secured a debate on the RBS closures across the UK and called on the government to intervene, on the basis that 73 per cent of the bank is in state ownership.
He said: ‘Government statements that this is entirely a commercial decision over which they have no control is nonsensical. They were consulted on the departure of the former chief executive and just in the last few weeks on the sale of an insurance arm of the business. How can they claim to have no say?
‘The Mallaig branch, along with those in other parts of the constituency such as Kyle and Beauly, are more than just places of business, but important parts of the communities they serve. They not only provide jobs in the bank but, by providing a local service, encourage and assist other businesses to remain in the area.
‘I will continue to fight these closures.’
The Mallaig surgery will be held in Mallaig Leisure Centre between 2pm and 3pm this Friday, January 12, and follows a joint surgery with Kate Forbes MSP in Fort William at 11.45am.
Ian Blackford MP with the petition he has started against closure of RBS branches in Mallaig. IF F51 RBS branch closure petition.