VIDEO Helen Goodman MP (Shadow Minister for Libraries) Visits Lincolnshire

[NOTE: journalists & bloggers are free to use images on this post to report on the Save Lincolnshire Libraries campaign and library campaigning in general, video credit Robert Harrison] 

Press Release from Helen Goodman MP:

Helen Goodman leads call to value local libraries – full speech 

Helen Goodman, Shadow Minister for Culture, today visited Lincoln where local libraries are under threat of closure. Joining local campaigners, she said: “The Conservative-run Lincolnshire County Council action in closing three-quarters of libraries is disgraceful.

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Around 40 campaigners came, with only 48 hours notice, including many children

“Local libraries are central to our societies, offering a safe space for all. They are places where the unemployed can go to find job information, where children without computers can do their homework, and where social events for young and old take place. They are investments in our future through the communities they nurture and skills they foster.

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Helen Goodman MP (left) with Lucy Rigby (Lincoln Labour’s parliamentary candidate)

“The Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport has a legal duty to ensure that every local authority has a comprehensive and efficient library service. I have now written to the new Secretary of State demanding that he take action. Instead, his department is undertaking two reviews, even questioning the role of public libraries.

“Labour is committed to avoiding a postcode lottery; maintaining a core professional service; and modernising and strengthening the role of libraries in the knowledge economy.”

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“Tales of Old Lincolnshire” was presented by campaigners to Ms Goodman, “a collection of stories and legends from the county’s past including the Lincolnshire Forger, Little Hugh of Lincoln, Bull-running in Stamford, the Caistor Gad Whip and the Grantham Railway Disaster.”

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Other coverage of this story to date

http://thelincolnite.co.uk/2014/04/shadow-minister-campaigns-against-library-closure-in-lincoln/

http://www.lincolnshireecho.co.uk/Helen-Goodman-MP-plan-axe-30-Lincolnshire/story-20959902-detail/story.html

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Read more about the campaign visit to Westminster here https://savelincslibraries.org.uk/2014/04/10/lobby4libraries-the-big-update/

Read the campaign story so far here https://savelincslibraries.org.uk/lobby4libraries/

Follow our daily updates on Twitter here https://twitter.com/savelincslibs

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