David and his family attended the rally today. There were over 500 supporters braving the wet and windy weather, a great turnout given the conditions. In his address to the rally David said:
"Good afternoon. This is an excellent turnout and we deserve much better weather than this!
"I am here wearing two hats. First as the Political Officer for the Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied workers and I bring fraternal greetings from Usdaw.
"Second as Labour's newly selected Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Crewe and Nantwich. And I can assure you that you the sorting office staff and the CWU have the full support of Crewe and Nantwich Constituency Labour Party.
"I believe that history will judge the Chief Executive of Royal Mail, Adam Crosier, in the same way as we currently regard Doctor Beeching.
"Both took a narrow view of costs and efficiency and neither put any value on people and communities.
"There is no doubt that the proposal to close the Crewe Sorting Office is bad for people, particularly the staff at Weston Road. And it is bad for the community, particularly the economy of Crewe and Nantwich.
"For that reason I am supporting the CWU in whatever action they deem necessary to bring Royal Mail to the table and negotiate properly on a national plan for sorting offices. Because at the moment, they are picking off sorting office by sorting office, which is not an appropriate or fair way for the management to behave.
"This week you may have heard talk about privatising parts of the Post Office, by a certain Cabinet Minister. Something that I have campaigned against with the CWU.
"We were at Warwick and, as a joint trade union team, we secured the policy of a publicly owned Post Office for Labour's manifesto at the last election and the next.
"It is Labour Party policy and remains Labour Party Policy. I can assure you that I will oppose any attempt to privatise the Post Office, whether it comes from my own Government or any other Party."