Wansbeck MP Ian Lavery had a useful insight when he recently joined a postman in his constituency on his delivery round.
He was among a number of politicians invited to go out with postmen and women across the UK to see the lengths Royal Mail goes to in order to deliver the post.
Mr Lavery said: “Postmen and women perform an incredibly important function in our communities – not just delivering communication, but being one of the institutions in society that binds us together for the common good.
“I joined local postie Ian on his delivery round as I wanted to get a real understanding of the work that goes into delivering the mail on a daily basis.
“There can be no better way of getting that insight than actually going out and doing the job alongside a delivery postman.”
Royal Mail delivery manager Ben Gibson, who briefed Mr Lavery before he set off on his walk, said: “We’re delighted that Ian took the time to experience the every-day challenges faced by our delivery postmen and women.
“The visit gave us the opportunity to show him how we are continuing to modernise and transform our organisation.
“We have invested in new sorting and delivery equipment as we respond to the changing nature of the modern postbag.”