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From The Socialist newspaper, 2 October 2013
Lincoln: 400 march against Library cuts
Around 400 protesters marched in Lincoln on Saturday 21 September to save 32 Lincolnshire libraries from closure. It was called by local Socialist Party member and trade unionist Nick Parker, and backed by the Save Lincolnshire Libraries (SLL) campaign group, Unison Lincolnshire County Branch, PCS DWP Lincolnshire & Rutland, and Lincoln & District TUC.
The cuts plans were cynically announced just a month after this year's council elections, despite not being in any of the manifestos of the parties that won seats. The local authority is run by a coalition of the Tories, Lib Dems, and a splinter independent group.
20,000 people have signed against the library closures. The march was promoted by celebrities including Terry Pratchett, Mark Thomas, and Melvyn Bragg.
On Monday 30 September, a rally was held outside Lincoln's County Hall to mark the end of the council's consultation over the closure plans.
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In The Socialist 2 October 2013:
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Tory millionaire tells Britain: 'Back to the workhouse!'
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Socialist Party NHS campaign
Fighting to defend our NHS
Socialist Party reviews
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TV review: Peaky Blinders
Theatre review: A man of humble beginnings
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Socialism 2013 - a weekend of discussion and debate hosted by the Socialist Party
Socialist Party workplace news
Solid support for teachers' strike
Firefighters' four-hour strike - determined and clear that coordinated action needed
Rochdale care workers dig in
Liverpool pay victory
Leeds zero-hour protest
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
28 percent for TUSC in Fleetwood
Lincoln: 400 march against Library cuts
The fight against academies in Leicester
Building Socialist Students
International socialist news and analysis
Greek government forced to take action against neo-fascists
Activists demand full public inquiry into undercover police operations
Sudan: 'Down with the regime!'
Qatar: End this modern-day slave labour
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