Euro MP backs campaign to stop closure of library sites

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Opponents of plans to close libraries in Sheffield are being supported by a regional Euro MP.

Sheffield Council has still not announced which of the city’s 27 community libraries could close, or which will be taken over by third parties such as community groups.

The authority wants to stop funding 14 of the branches as part of £50 million of cuts being made this financial year.

Edward McMillan-Scott, Yorkshire and the Humber MEP, visited Broomhill Library to meet residents opposing the closures.

The Liberal Democrat politician said: “Libraries are often the centre of our communities and a social hub where local residents can meet.”

Opposition Lib Dems argue the council could make comparable savings by reducing its consultancy bill.