Clegg’s anger at library threat

Liberal Democrat Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg. Photo: Rui Vieira/PA Wire
Liberal Democrat Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg. Photo: Rui Vieira/PA Wire
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Sheffield Hallam MP Nick Clegg has accused the city council of being motivated by political spite in plans to shut libraries.

The Deputy Prime Minister has hit out at Labour leaders over plans to shut 16 libraries in the city - Woodhouse, Broomhill, Totley, Tinsley, Newfield Green, Greenhill, Burngreave, Stannington, Southey, Upperthorpe, Ecclesfield, Gleadless, Park, Jordanthorpe, Walkley and Frecheville - unless communities step in to take them over.

He believes his constituency would be disproportionately affected if plans are given the go-ahead.

Mr Clegg said: “All local councils are under pressure to save money thanks to the previous Labour government crashing the economy, but I’m hugely disappointed Sheffield’s Labour councillors have chosen to protect office refurbishments and consultants over local libraries.

“As the MP for Sheffield Hallam I’m particularly saddened. I suspect when they came to deciding priority, Labour were motivated by political spite rather than looking at how much a particular library is used by the local community.”

Public consultation on the proposals launches in October.