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Greenwich labour councillors given the red card
Library campaigners in Greenwich red-carded Labour councillors who refused to sign a pledge committing to do all they can to keep libraries open. The lobby was organised following the end of a consultation exercise into proposals to scrap the mobile library.
To the shame of Labour councillors, only one of them was willing to say that they will use their position as a councillor to fight for the library service. On the same night, the council was awarding the 'freedom of the borough' to ex-Greenwich council leader Chris Roberts whose legacy is the Tall Ships festival which now takes place in Greenwich each year at a cost of over £2 million each time.
So while libraries are closed, the people of Greenwich can console themselves by watching tall ships sail past Greenwich once a year!
The campaign to save the mobile library will now escalate to make sure that this precious and much valued service is protected.
This version of this article was first posted on the Socialist Party website on 24 March 2016 and may vary slightly from the version subsequently printed in The Socialist.