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From The Socialist newspaper, 1 June 2016

Library lie

March to save Carnegie library in Lambeth, 9.4.19, photo James Ivens

March to save Carnegie library in Lambeth, 9.4.19, photo James Ivens   (Click to enlarge)

A south London borough which closed two libraries to 'save' money is spending more than twice as much on security as it would have cost to keep them open.

Ultra-Blairite Lambeth Council laughed off mass community opposition - and an occupation (see socialistparty.org.uk) - to shut the two sites. Its plan is to convert them into private gyms. The excuse, as ever, was "blah blah Tory cuts blah difficult decisions blah."

A Freedom of Information response gave the private security costs as 2,212 a day. Lambeth's 2014-15 budget said the combined running cost for both was 874 a day.

Most Labour councillors don't pass on cuts because they 'don't have a choice'. They do it because they agree with them. Corbyn should follow TUSC's example and give a fighting lead to those who don't - by calling for legal no-cuts budgets.

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In The Socialist 1 June 2016:


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Motion passed for no-cuts council budgets

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Public asset sales will lose us money

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Socialist Party workplace news

PCS conference takes serious approach to key political and industrial questions

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Welsh Government under attack at Wales TUC conference...and museum strikers close to victory

University lecturers strike for fair pay

Thomas Cook cabin crew to strike over breaks

BIS office closure: Anger and determination to fight on

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Pent Valley campaigners take council to judicial review

George Tomlinson school: Academy fears

Birmingham Labour council takes credit for Tory privatisation

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Socialist Party comments and reviews

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