Full story on Barry Gardiner's attack on Brent's library closures HERE. This is a key extract from his speech:
“But I remember Nye Bevan said that priorities are the song of socialism. These libraries are our priorities, and they should not be taken away. They should be expanded."Speaking about the ‘genteel decline’ of the nation’s reading rooms, the former junior Northern Ireland minister added:
“It is a trick councils do up and down the country. They look at resources like libraries and they find that they are not as well used as they used to be.
“But instead of thinking they can improve the resources, they say ‘OK, let’s run it down’. They use it as a justification for taking that resource away."