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Thursday, 3 March 2011

World Book Day - Fucking Tories

Sign up for the campaign - tell the Tories (that's fucking Tories!) to keep their hands off our libraries.

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Author Kate Mosse was among those asking MPs to fight for libraries at a parliamentary event last night (2nd March) organised by the Publishers Association and the All Party Parliamentary Group on Publishing. Mosse joined Viv Bird, chief executive of Booktrust, and The Reading Agency director Miranda McKearney at the event.

Mosse told MPs that all of them should be writing to the head of their local councils over the situation in their own area, also calling for a national library campaign to harness the strength of feeling across the country on the issue.

Meanwhile McKearney told MPs: "It is vital that those making decisions about libraries' future understand that there is a real public need and demand for libraries' reading role." Richard Mollet, chief executive of the Publishers Association, said publishers saw libraries as "integral to promoting literacy and the pleasure of reading" and called on Ministers to "provide a clear strategic direction for the future of libraries and ensure that local authorities everywhere meet their legal obligation to provide a comprehensive and efficient service."

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