Post offices in some of the most remote parts of Britain could be spared from a widespread closure programme in a late rethink by ministers. Daily Telegraph

Trade and industry secretary Alistair Darling will confirm tomorrow that about 2,500 post offices will have to shut over the next 18 months. When he confirms the closure programme, first outlined last December, he is expected to tell MPs that the current UK-wide network of more than 14,000 post offices must be slimmed down to about 12,000.