Hunter launches "save the cheque" campaign

November 27, 2009 12:09 AM
Mark believes the taxpayer funded banks need to put customers first

Mark believes the taxpayer funded banks need to put customers first

Cheadle MP Mark Hunter has launched a new campaign to "save the cheque" after growing concern over news that high street banks are planning to stop the use of cheques.

Yesterday (26 November) Mr Hunter tabled a cross-party Parliamentary motion which, just two hours after calling on other Members to sign it, had collected the signatures of over three dozen MPs including that of Liberal Democrat Shadow Chancellor Vince Cable.

Mark also challenged Leader of the House of Commons, Harriet Harman, at Business Questions yesterday to remind the banks of their role in serving customers, and asked her to hold a debate on the issue.

Commenting, Mark Hunter MP said:

"Abolishing the cheque will cause great inconvenience to many people who rely on cheques as a means of payment - particularly many elderly people.

"This development is most unwelcome in its own right but taken together with the news on bank charges I think they amount to nothing less than a two-fingered gesture to the British public.

"What a way to say thanks after what we've done for them!"

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