Luke Pollard MP

Labour & Co-operative MP for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport

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Plymouth's first ever library mass read-in protest


Today over 200 people joined Plymouth Labour in the Plymouth's first ever library mass read-in to protest at Tory and UKIP plans to close ten of Plymouth's 17 libraries.

You'll know that I've been calling for Peverell Library, as well as libraries across the city, to be spared the Tory axe. This morning we organised a mass read-in where we invited members of the community to read books in Peverell library. 228 people joined us this morning at the library - that's a huge figure.

The Tories are on the back foot here. They know their plan to close libraries is hugely unpopular and that they have no mandate for these closures. It wasn't in their manifesto. Today there was a strong message sent to Peverell's three Tory councillors: save Peverell Library. If Peverell's Tory councillor vote with Labour councillors when the library decision is taken the closures will be defeated - but will they?



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