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The political history of the Royal Mail

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BBC Parliamentary correspondent Robert Orchard reports on the fruitless attempts by the Conservatives and Labour to privatise or sell-off a big chunk of Britain's oldest nationalised industry - and looks at what a future Tory government might do to the postal service. The report was first broadcast on Radio Four's You and Yours on 12 October.

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