Lambeth library defenders turned out in force on Saturday (19 March) when Sadiq Khan visited Camberwell library in Southwark. Anti-closure posters dominated the scene.
Campaigners have long pointed out that Labour Southwark chooses to invest in libraries as a core public service. Yet Labour Lambeth is spending millions on destroying them.
“It’s sad to rain on Sadiq’s parade – but we have no choice,” says Laura Swaffield, chair of Friends of Lambeth Libraries (FOLL). “We’ve pointed out again and again that Lambeth is spending far more on wrecking libraries than it would on saving them. But they won’t listen.”
“FOLL is strictly non-political, but many Friends members are Labour supporters – or would be, if the council had decent Labour values.”
“If they don’t change, we are determined to get them out at the next local elections – just as they were ousted the last time they tried to sabotage local libraries”.
“Sadiq’s manifesto supports libraries. He needs to get the message that Lambeth is killing Labour votes. On April 1, people all over the borough will see much-needed libraries closed and shuttered. And they know there is no need for it.”
Sadiq Khan was accompanied by GLA candidate Florence Eshalomi – one of the100% of Labour councillors that have not dared to vote against the mad libraries-into-gyms plan – and ex-Lambeth MP Harriet Harman – who is not remembered for doing much to save libraries when they were threatened on her watch.
Laura slipped Caroline and Cici’s leaflet into Sadiq’s hand – and another into his pocket… he might just look at it – it’s got his picture on it!
— Defend The Ten (@defendtheten) March 19, 2016