Labour's shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna said the Government was selling off the Royal Mail to make amends for George Osborne's "failed plan":
Ministers are pushing ahead with this politically motivated fire sale of Royal Mail to fill the hole left by George Osborne’s failed plan.
This is taking place despite opposition from a huge coalition including the Conservative Bow Group, the Countryside Alliance, the National Federation of Subpostmasters, the cross party BIS Select Committee as well as Royal Mail employees themselves.
The Government has not addressed the huge concerns which remain on the impact the Royal Mail sale will have on consumers, businesses and communities, but ministers are ploughing on regardless.
The Government outlined its controversial plans to privatise the Royal Mail today - a decision which was widely criticised by the unions.
Every time you lick a stamp you are engaging with a service that's been part of the fabric of Britain for centuries, but that is changing.
The Government will seek to push through the sale of the Royal Mail before unions get the chance to stage a potentially disruptive strike.