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Gordon MacDonald MSP gets First Class experience as he turns postie for the day

Edinburgh Pentlands MSP Gordon MacDonald experienced what is involved in delivering the post when he joined local postie, Graham Malcolm, on his delivery round.

Gordon MacDonald MSP is one of a number of Scottish politicians being invited to go out with postmen and women across the country to see the lengths Royal Mail goes to, to deliver the post.

The purpose of the visits is to give MSPs a unique insight into the challenges of delivering mail to every house and business in their constituency, six days a week.

Richard McLuckie, Royal Mail Edinburgh South West Delivery Office Manager, who briefed Mr MacDonald before he set off on his walk said: “We’re delighted that Gordon MacDonald MSP is taking the time to experience the everyday challenges faced by our delivery postmen and women.”

“The visit gave us the opportunity to show Gordon MacDonald MSP how we have transformed and modernised our business. We have invested in new sorting and delivery equipment as we continue to 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.”

Gordon MacDonald MSP said: “On my visit I found that postmen and women not only deliver the mail but play an important part in the local communities across Edinburgh. Today allowed me to experience the everyday challenges faced by our delivery postmen and women.”

“I joined local postie Graham who delivers the mail to my constituents in southwest Edinburgh. This is the best way of getting an insight into the work involved in delivering the mail on a daily basis - they go out in all weathers, and I thank them for all the work they do.”

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