More than 1,000 subpostmasters gathered at a rally in Westminter yesterday to urge the government to save the UK's rural post offices.

The subpostmasters also presented a petition with four million signatures to Downing Street, calling on the government to reverse its decision to withdraw the Post Office Card Account.

Colin Baker, general secretary of the National Federation of Subpostmasters, said: “The 28 million customers who use the post office every week are confused as to what the government wants of the network and of the people who run it. The time is now overdue for ministers to decide.”