Library campaigners take their fight to Westminster

A delegation from Save Lincolnshire Libraries travelled to London this week to lobby MPs in their fight to save the county’s service.

SLL Campaigners after arriving in London EMN-141104-111225001

Nic Dakin, MP for Scunthorpe, hosted a lobby in The Peel Room at the Houses of Parliament and six campaigners walked from Parliament to 10 Downing Street to appeal to Prime Minister David Cameron directly.

The six campaigners presented a book of 900 comments called ‘The Tip of the Iceberg’.

Maurice Nauta, one of the six, said: “The lobby was to make sure the case for saving the libraries in Lincolnshire was heard loud and clear in Westminster and would reach the ears of the Prime Minister himself.

“The delivery of the book referred both to the fact that the 900 plus comments about our libraries were just some of the views passed by residents, and also refers to our awareness of the plight of other library services up and down the country.”

MPs who spoke at the lobby included Helen Goodman, Shadow Minister for Culture and Shadow Local Government Minister Andy Sawford.

The campaigners say MP for Louth and Horncastle Sir Peter Tapsell was invited by Nic Dakin but he didn’t respond.

Rosanne Kirk, Councillor for Birchwood, Lincoln, said: “Our journey to the House of Commons was a great success.

“We met MPs, we heard wonderful speeches.

“We felt inspired and we won’t give up, our fight continues to save our libraries.”