Harriet Harman

Member of Parliament for Camberwell and Peckham. Mother of the House of Commons.

Christmas Visit to Camberwell Sorting Office

Today, I visited Camberwell Sorting Office, meeting with staff and thanking them for the great work they do at this busy time of year.

Postal workers and Post Offices are a key part of our community, providing a vital public service. Tory cuts and privatisation of Royal Mail mean that Post Offices are closing, including Rye Lane Post Office last year, and Postal workers’ conditions have worsened.

Labour values our postal workers and will, when in Government, bring Royal Mail back under public ownership improving service provision and conditions for staff.


Press Release:


  • Harriet Harman MP passed on Christmas greetings to postmen and women at the Camberwell Delivery Office
  • Christmas is Royal Mail’s busiest time of the year and Ms Harman saw the hard work and dedication of local postal workers to sort and deliver festive mail
  • The last recommended posting dates for Christmas are:  Second Class – Wednesday 20 December, First Class- Thursday 21 December and Special Delivery -  Friday 22 December

Harriet Harman MP visited the Camberwell Delivery Office to see first-hand the operation of delivering Christmas post and to pass on season’s greetings to its hardworking staff.

Ms Harman was shown around the office by Delivery Office Manager, Brian Chapman, and was introduced to the postmen and women, who are pulling out all the stops to sort and deliver mail in Camberwell over the Christmas period.

The Festive Season is Royal Mail’s busiest period, as millions of people shop online for gifts and send Christmas cards and parcels.

Harriet Harman MP said: “At no other time is the hard work and dedication of postmen and women clearer than during the festive period. There is a huge amount of effort and dedication that goes into delivering a first class Christmas.

“It was great to meet the team here at Camberwell and thank them for the extraordinary lengths they go to ensure Christmas cards and presents are delivered to loved ones on time, and for all they do year-round.”

Brian Chapman, Royal Mail Delivery Office Manager, said: “Our postmen and women are working extremely hard to deliver Christmas cards, letters and parcels to people in Camberwell. We are grateful that Harriet visited the office to see our operation and to support the team.

“We’d like to remind our customers to post early so that friends and family have longer to enjoy their Christmas greetings and to please also use the postcode as this helps us greatly in the job that we do at this busy time.”

The last recommend posting dates for Christmas are:

Second Class – Wednesday 20 December 2017

First Class – Thursday 21 December 2017

Special Delivery – Friday 22 December 2017

Customers can also help Royal Mail ensure that all their letters, cards and parcels are delivered as quickly and efficiently as possible by taking a few easy steps:

  • Post early – Avoid disappointment by posting your cards and parcels early. 
  • Use the postcode – A clearly addressed card or parcel, with a postcode, and return address on the back of the envelope, will ensure quick and efficient delivery.
  • Use Special Delivery – For valuable and important packages and parcels guarantee delivery with Royal Mail’s Special Delivery, which means your gift is tracked, traced and insured against loss.
  • Wrap parcels well and always give a return address
  • For more information about Royal Mail’s last recommended posting dates, please visit: www.royalmail.com/merrychristmas or call 03457 740 740


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