Jo Swinson arranges meeting between Minister Ed Vaizey and library closure campaigners
Jo Swinson MP for East Dunbartonshire welcomed Bearsden resident and Gruffaloauthor Julia Donaldson to Parliament today to discuss library closures. The best-selling author and Children’s Laureate, along with Gary Green, Voices for the Library, Alan Gibbons, Campaign for the Book and John Holland, Friends of Gloucestershire Libraries sat down with Ed Vaizey, the Minister for Culture, Communication and the Creative Industries.
Last November Jo raised constituent fears surrounding library closures and asked for the meeting to be set up in a question to the House of Commons. This meeting is the result of this.
Commenting, Jo said:
“I was happy to be able to facilitate a meeting between Julia, the other campaigners and the Minister. Library cuts and closures can damage a community now and in the future. Open dialogue is necessary to ensure libraries serve all segments of our towns and that they are around for the next generation.”
Jo’s question to the Minister is below:
Jo Swinson (East Dunbartonshire) (LD): My constituent Julia Donaldson is the author of many much-loved children’s books, including “The Gruffalo”, and she is also the children’s laureate. As a passionate advocate of the benefits of reading for children, she is also concerned about the possible impact of library closures. Will the Secretary of State agree to meet Julia and a group of campaigners to discuss the issue?