Midlothian MP Danielle Rowley writes to Minister and bank chief to oppose RBS branch closures

Following the announcement by The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) that they are to close both the Bonnyrigg and Penicuik branches, Danielle Rowley MP has written Ross McEwan Chief Executive of RBS and the Economic Secretary to the Treasury Steve Barclay MP.  

In the letters Danielle Rowley has urged the CEO of RBS and the UK Minister to meet with her to discuss the closures and has called on them to reverse the decision.  

On Monday, ahead of any potential meeting, Danielle Rowley launched a petition which has already gained significant support. The petition, when signed, sends an email to Ross McEwan the Chief Executive of The Royal Bank of Scotland asking him to stop the closure of these branches.  

Danielle Rowley MP said: “The planned closure of both the Bonnyrigg and Penicuik branches will be a hammer blow to our high streets. With Christmas just around the corner it is devastating news for the staff working at these branches, who will now be fearing for their jobs.  

“Closing these branches will also have a negative impact on our high streets, businesses and RBS customers who will now be forced to travel to use the Dalkeith Branch. 

“After writing to both the Chief Executive of RBS and the Economic Secretary to the Treasury Steve Barclay MP, I decided to start a petition against the closure. Since launching the petition I have been greatly encouraged by the number of people signing and sharing. 

“The British tax payers, including the people of Midlothian, bailed this bank out when it was in dire straits and I would urge the bank to remember that and to reverse their decision to close these branches immediately.”