EDITOR - PLEASE NOTE PREVIOUSLY SUBMITTED FOR STOCK TO GARY DUNN BUT NOT YET PROCESSES. BEING RE-SUMBITED FOR NEWS VALUE. Royal Mail delivery lorries parked in a row. The possible privatisation of Royal Mail proved a controversial topic and in December 2008 around 50 Labour MPs threatened to vote against plans. The resignation of ministerial aide Jim McGovern was made in response to the announcement about possible partial privatisation made by Lord Mandelson on 16 December 2008.