The fight to save the Bute branch of RBS from closure moved on to the floor of the House of Commons when local MP Brendan O’Hara presented a petition to parliament. (Wednesday 28 March).
The petition which was launched by Mr O’Hara back in December last year, as soon as RBS announced their closure list, has gathered the signatures of several hundred local people.
Mr O’Hara said,
“As I promised to do, I presented a petition on behalf of the people of Bute. Ten years ago the people of this community along with other UK taxpayers bailed out RBS to the tune of £50 billon and now without any consultation, they have decided that the Bute branch will close. I am genuinely amazed at the number of people who have signed this petition and only serves to show the strength of feeling that the community has that the Bute branch must remain open for business. My thanks to the local community for taking the time to sign the petition and all the businesses and shops that displayed it on their counters. They can be assured that I will continue to work with the community to make case for this bank to remain open for business. We are not giving up.”Note to Editor:
A link to Mr O’Hara presenting the petition can be found at https://bit.ly/2pNanLs
The petition reads:
‘Declares that proposed closure of the Bute branch of the publicly-owned Royal Bank of Scotland will have a detrimental effect on local and surrounding communities and the local economy.
The petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges Her Majesty’s Treasury, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and the Royal Bank of Scotland to take in account the concerns of petitioners and take whatever steps they can to halt the planned closure of this branch.