MP gets first class experience as she turns postie for a day

MP Lesley Laird got a taste of what its like to work for Royal Mail when she became a postie for a day in Kirkcaldy.

She met the team at Kirkcaldy depot, where she was briefed, before being taken out on a local delivery round accompanied by postwoman Kelsey Gunn.

The MP for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath took up an invitation from Royal Mail to gain an insight into the logistics of Royal Mail delivering letters and parcels to households in the constituency.

Keith Fraser, Royal Mail Delivery Manager, said: “We’re delighted that Lesley is taking the time to experience the everyday challenges faced by our delivery postmen and women.

“The visit gave us the opportunity to show Lesley how we are continuing to modernise and transform our organisation.

“We have invested in new sorting and delivery equipment as we respond to the changing nature of the modern postbag.

“We are delivering more parcels and fewer letters than ever before and the tools for the job need to reflect that.”

Lesley Laird MP, said: “I wanted to get a real understanding of the work that goes into delivering the post and the best way of gaining that insight was to go out and do the job alongside members of the Kirkcaldy team.

“I’d especially like to thank Kelsey Gunn, one of the newest recruits in the office, for showing me the ropes and letting me accompany her on a round.

“There’s no doubt that postmen and postwomen perform an incredibly important function in our communities, not just by delivering mail but also by representing an institution which binds us together for the common good.

“I’d like to extend my thanks to the team for welcoming me – it was a pleasure to meet them all and appreciate what they do for our community on a daily basis.”

Royal Mail is continuing to modernise its operation, which means every part of the process from collecting, transporting, sorting and delivering the mail is being improved to further increase efficiency.

Caption1: Manager Keith Fraser (second right) with MP Lesley Laird and Kelsey Gunn (front right) at the Kirkcaldy office with other staff.