spotArt

spotCommercial

spotCommittee for a Workers International

spotGovernment

spotLabour Party

spotLeft and radical

spotMedia

spotNationalist and National Liberation

spotPro capitalist and Imperialist

spotReligious

spotSocial Networks

spotSocialist Party

spotSport

spotTrade Union

spotVoluntary & non-profit


All keywords


Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

Labour Party keywords:

Funding scandal (1)

Labour (2987)

Sleaze (18)

Labour


Highlight keywords  |Print this articlePrint this article
From: The Socialist issue 973, 29 November 2017: Make the Tories history

Search site for keywords: Bristol - Libraries - Council - Cuts - Labour - Anti-cuts - Library

Bristol libraries safe - for now - as council caves to pressure

Books, photo Rodrigo Galindez (Creative Commons)

Books, photo Rodrigo Galindez (Creative Commons)   (Click to enlarge)

Tom Baldwin, Bristol Socialist Party

Library campaigners in Bristol are celebrating - the service has been granted a temporary reprieve from cuts.

Bristol's Labour mayor Marvin Rees had proposed closing 17 libraries, more than half of all in the city. The council cabinet was due to decide which would face the chop next month.

But following an outcry from the public, it has been forced to delay the decision by at least four months.

The future of Bristol's libraries is far from guaranteed. Other options under consideration including libraries sharing sites with other services, which could still mean cuts.

But this setback for the cuts programme is very significant. The rethink was triggered by a small rebellion of Labour councillors who voted for a Lib Dem motion on libraries, against their party group and mayor.

This follows growing pressure from below in the Labour Party. The cracks are beginning to show in the council's assertion that it has no choice. Members are looking for alternatives.

The party's 'local campaign forum' recently voted to demand the mayor use reserves and borrowing to stop cuts. The Bristol and District Anti-Cuts Alliance has been invited to put this case to Labour branches. Now it seems that pressure is reflected by some councillors too.

Anti-cuts campaigners will not be taking anything for granted. We will keep up the pressure to make this stay of execution permanent, and to stop all cuts to jobs and services.






Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Related links:

Bristol:

triangleBristol North Socialist Party: 'You can't have capitalism without racism' - was Malcolm X correct?

triangleBristol North Socialist Party: 'Bad Art' - socialist struggle in the arts

triangleBristol North Socialist Party: What is happening in Catalonia?

triangleBristol North Socialist Party: Christmas social

triangleBristol North Socialist Party: Christmas Quiz

Libraries:

triangleThe Socialist inbox

triangleRussia 1917: how art helped make the revolution

triangleBromley library workers strike against privatisation

triangleSave Plymouth's libraries!

Council:

triangleBradford campaign to save children's services launched

triangleSix months on - still no justice for Grenfell

triangleTwo in five 'right to buy' homes now for let

Cuts:

triangleSouth London health bosses' cover-up

triangleTotnes MP uses coffin controversy to distract from brutal NHS cuts

Labour:

triangleThe Socialist's 2017 quiz

Anti-cuts:

triangleDemand for no-cuts budget grows

Library:

triangleRare opportunity to see Russian revolution lifted off the page