Luke Pollard

Labour & Co-operative MP for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport

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Tories don't like scrutiny of library cuts


Not content with closing 10 of 17 of our city's libraries the Tory and UKIP council are now complaining that Labour is telling people about their plans to close libraries.

Poor Tories. Turns out that closing vital community hubs that are well used and well supported by the public isn't popular. Turns out that closing libraries without a mandate to do so in your manifesto gets people angry. Turns out if you moan about councillor standing up for their communities you support the campaigns you're opposing. Who knew?

Yesterday I helped tell residents about the Tory and UKIP plans to close libraries on our canvasses in Stoke and Peverell wards. At the same time Cllr Neil Hendy was helping tell residents in Efford about the council's plans to close both libraries in the area. Right across the city Labour volunteers and councillors are working with communities to help keep libraries open.

What the Tories don't like is scrutiny. They don't like people knowing about their plans to close over half of all the city's libraries. And because they're running scared they have to complain that Labour is campaigning to save the libraries.

Well, I have a piece of advice for Plymouth's Tories: keep it up. No, seriously, keep telling people that Labour is campaigning to save Plymouth's libraries. Shout it from the roof tops that the Labour Party is the only party in Plymouth mobilising communities to fight these Tory cuts. Tell the press that our hardworking councillors are standing up for local library services. Keep our campaigns being featured in the pages of the Herald every day.

Labour councillors will vote to oppose the library closure plan. If three Tory or UKIP councillors were to join us this regressive plan would die. Come on Tories, quit your moaning about Labour's accurate leaflets, and stand up for public services. Frankly, Plymouth deserves better.


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