A TOWN hall chief has pledged to fight hard to keep post offices open.
Tory councillor Robert Light, leader of Kirklees Council, said he was dismayed at Government proposals to close around 2,500 post offices.
He said: "Under the Labour Government 30% of post offices across the country and in Kirklees have already closed and now they are proposing more.
"They simply don't appreciate that the services provided by our post offices are vital, especially in our rural areas where they are a key part of the social fabric of our villages."
Trade and Industry Secretary Alistair Darling announced last week that closures may be necessary to stop the post office network losing £4m a week.
In some places they would be replaced by mobile services and post offices in village halls, community centres and pubs.
Clr Light said "In Kirklees we have tried to ensure the survival of our post offices by pushing work their way and under Conservative control this council will continue to work hard to keep as many of our local post offices open as possible.
"But I have genuine concerns that many of our post offices will close as a result of this Labour Government initiative, especially in our rural villages where they will be a huge loss to local communities."
Liberal Democrats in Huddersfield are challenging Barry Sheerman, the town's Labour MP, to fight the cuts.
An estimated two to three post offices could close in the parliamentary constituency.
James Blanchard, who will stand in Huddersfield for the Lib-Dems at the next General Election, said: "The Government has been stripping away services from the Post Office network.
"The inevitable result of Labour's decisions to withdraw Government business and with it the revenue it brought, has been the closure of branches."