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14 hours - two chairs - 55 people - many books - and lots of anger over plans to close 10 of Plymouth's Libraries

To show their opposition to the Conservative/Ukip Council plan to close 10 of Plymouth's 17 libraries, supporters marked the end of the 'Plan for Libraries' consultation by staging a relay of book reading outside of the Council House in Plymouth city centre.

From Dawn (6am) till Dusk (8pm) a continuous chain of readers showed their support for their libraries by, rather pointedly, reading their books at Tory/Ukip Councillors. A quiet and civilised protest by people who know the value of books and learning, against a fundamentally uncivilised plan to close these vital community hubs, much valued by residents from across the breadth of the city.

This protest was organised by Plymouth Labour, who have been at the forefront of the campaign to Save Plymouth's Libraries, and built upon the Mass Read-in events organised at Peverell, Stoke and Efford libraries over the consultation period.

Labour campaigner Jeremy Goslin said "The anger and depth of feeling shown at previous public meetings and Read-in mass events was  reproduced here, but with quiet and reserve. However, it would be foolish to mistake this quiet with lack of feeling. People in Plymouth have great love for their libraries, and I don't understand why the Tory/Ukip council refuse to listen to the great depth and breadth of support that Plymouth residents have for these vital community hubs. Is it possible that they deaf, as well as illiterate?"

Plymouth Labour is determined to keep our libraries open, and is working with Plymouth residents to fight these Tory/Ukip plans every step of the way.


Save Plymouth Libraries - Dawn till Dusk Read-in Relay

14 hours - two chairs - 55 people - many books - and lots of anger over plans to close 10 of Plymouth's Libraries To show their opposition to the...

This week Plymouth City Council's Conservative Cabinet member Councillor Glenn Jordan made a complaint that Labour Councillor Neil Hendy was giving out leaflets about the Council's plans to close his local libraries in Laira and Efford at a consultation meeting.

Using the bizarre argument that a political party was being political, he attempted to prevent Neil handing out leaflets, and arranged for a Council Officer to send a letter saying that Councillors should seek permission before leafletting their own constituents.

Cllr Hendy has now written a strongly worded letter to the Leader of the Council, Conservative Cllr Ian Bowyer:

Dear Cllr Bowyer,  

I am writing in response to your administration’s complaint about Labour Councillors informing residents about your plans to close 10 of Plymouth’s 17 libraries. I want to make clear I make no apologies for standing up for the people of Efford and Lipson in opposing your plans to close Efford and Laira libraries.  

You need to know that my job is to stand up for the library users who want to keep Laira and Efford libraries open. I am grateful to you for highlighting the campaign that my Labour ward colleagues and I are running to keep Efford and Laira libraries open. 

Across the city Labour councillors and volunteers have been working with members of the public to oppose the Conservative and UKIP plans to close libraries. You need to know that you can complain and grumble about our campaigns until the next election, but every single day Labour will be standing with our communities to oppose your cuts to the public services we all rely on.  

I am publishing this letter as an open piece of correspondence to highlight to the people of Efford and Lipson, and Plymouth as a whole, that your attempts to shut down opposition to your plans will not work. In fact, it has only made me more determined to oppose your cruel plan to rob our young people of libraries.  

I hope you change your mind about Efford and Laira libraries. 

Cllr Neil Hendy

UKIP and the Tories need to know this:
Plymouth Labour will never be stopped from championing the needs of the people we represent and work for.

Plymouth Labour hits back at Blukip Library censorship


Today, the Telegraph revealed plans by the Ministry of Defence to cut the Royal Marines putting their future as a fighting force in jeopardy. 

Commenting on Government plans revealed today for huge cuts to the Royal Marines, Luke Pollard, who stood for Labour in Plymouth Sutton and Devonport at the last election said:

“The Government’s defence strategy seems to be in disarray. Having announced plans to sell Stonehouse Barracks without any certainty of where the Royal Marines would go in Plymouth we now learn that Ministers are considering cutting a third of the Royal Marines to plug funding gaps the MOD has created.

Our armed forces and their families deserve better than yet another round of uncertainty and confusion. Since the general election Conservative Ministers have u-turned on promises not to sell the Royal Citadel and Stonehouse Barracks, backtracked on promises not to scrap HMS Ocean and overseen further cuts to frontline troops. Now we learn that the Royal Marines are in jeopardy too. This is no way to treat serving Royal Marines, their families and veterans.

I want to see an urgent debate in Parliament to make Ministers account for this back of a fag packet plan. Plymouth deserves better than yet more ill-thought out, poorly planned and damaging cuts to our armed forces. ”


Cllr Tudor Evans, Leader of the Labour Group on Plymouth City Council said:

“Given the importance of the Royal Marines to Plymouth’s economy the story today saying Ministers are considering cutting the Royal Marines is not only bad for morale it is bad for Plymouth’s economy. We need urgent clarification from Ministers about their plan to cut the Royal Marines.”

You can read the Herald's take on the Royal Marines cut plan here.

Labour calls for urgent clarity on secret Government plan to cut the Royal Marines

Today, the Telegraph revealed plans by the Ministry of Defence to cut the Royal Marines putting their future as a fighting force in jeopardy. 

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