March 17, 2011 4:40 PM

Mark Hunter alongside other Lib Dem MPs delivering save the cheque petitionsThis Wednesday 15th March Cheadle MP Mark Hunter joined a delegation of MPs to deliver a petition to Number 10 Downing Street - signed by thousands of local residents - to stop the planned scrapping of cheques by the high street banks.

The save the cheque campaign was launched by Mr Hunter in December 2009 with a special parliamentary motion which received the support of over a hundred MPs from different political parties.

The decision to abolish cheques, taken by the Payments Council who represent all the top high street banks, has been met with fierce opposition - particularly by elderly, disabled and housebound people who rely on cheques as a means of payment. The campaign has also seen the backing of large national organisations such as Which?, The Federation of Small Businesses¸ and dozens of charities up and down the country who depend on donations sent by a cheque.

Since being re-elected in May 2010 Mark's campaign has continued to build momentum, with a series of face-to-face meetings with senior MPs and Ministers who share concern at the decision. On Wednesday, petitions were taken to Downing Street with tens of thousands of signatures from opponents of the decision.

Commenting, Mark said:

"The fact is that well around 4 million cheques are still written every single day and it is the most vulnerable groups that use them the most. This is a self-serving decision taken by bankers which shows complete disregard for their customers.

"My colleagues and I have now petitioned people from all across the country, of different ages and walks of life. It is time that the banks realise that they have a social responsibility to serve and protect their customers. Retaining cheques would mean little or nothing to banks but a great deal to millions of their customers who still rely on them."

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