He visited Hatfield’s sorting office to see first-hand the work of its dedicated postmen and women as they gear up for Christmas.

He was shown round by delivery office manager Theo Hemmise-Williams, passed on his season’s greetings and thanked them for their hard work.

The Welwyn Hatfield MP said: “At no other time is the hard work and dedication of postmen and women clearer than during the festive period.

“A huge amount of effort and dedication goes into delivering a first class Christmas all over the country.”

Christmas is Royal Mail’s busiest period, as millions of people shop online for gifts as well as sending Christmas cards and parcels. Royal Mail also plays a key role in e-commerce for many businesses sending goods to customers throughout Christmas shopping season.

Mr Theo Hemmise-Williams said: “Our postmen and women will be working extremely hard to deliver Christmas parcels, cards, letters and parcels to people in Hatfield. We are grateful Grant visited the office to see our operation and to support the team.

Mr Shapps added: “It was great to onceagain meet the team here in Hatfield and thank them for all their hard workmaking sure cards and deliveries arrive for Christmas and for all their hardwork throughout the year and in all weathers.”