Sefton Labour MP Bill Esterson accused of ‘crocodile tears’ over Libraries January 18th, 2013 admin Latest News Shares Comments Esterson accused of ‘crocodile tears’ over Libraries A Government Minister has accused Sefton Labour MP Bill Esterson of shedding ‘crocodile tears’ over Labour’s plans to close all the branch libraries locally Library Closure plans. When Mr Esterson tried to get the government to earmark special funds to keep the libraries open, Culture Minister Ed Vaizey MP pointed out that Labour councils wasted money hand over fist and needed to start behaving responsibly and set their own priorities for spending. Mr Vaizey (above) said: “This is a time when everyone is having to tighten their belt, and we are clearly having to make savings. If Labour wants to make it clear which cuts it would reverse, it should by all means do so, but these crocodile tears are pointless.” “The council needs to run its library service; it is responsible for doing that. It should look at Hammersmith and Fulham Council, which has closed no libraries and is reducing its council tax. Bill Esterson (below) is trying to distract residents from the proposals by Labour’s Bootle-based Cabinet to close down more than half the local libraries. Sefton’s Labour Cabinet Members, who have proposed the cuts in residents’ library services, are the highest-paid Cabinet Members in the Region. When Library campaigners tried to express their concerns at a Sefton East Area Committee (where they were entitled to speak as parish councillors) the Labour Chairman shut them up. http://tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2012/12/07/save-our-libraries-%E2%80%93-aintree-library-campaigners-%E2%80%98we-were-frozen-out-of-the-debate%E2%80%99-at-area-committee-meeting/ Submit News Contact us with your community, business or sport news. Phone 07930717137 Email [email protected] Twitter www.twitter.com/onthespot_news Breaking local news as it happens, searchable archives with photographs, the ability to instantly comment on news articles – there are so many advantages to OTS (Onthespot) News. If you want your news read locally online then send it to [email protected] – relying only on the newspaper is to restrict yourself to an ever reducing audience. Onthespot – your online reporter www.onthespotnews.co.uk Do you have a story to tell? Please text or phone 07930717137 or email [email protected] Follow OTS (Onthespot) on Twitter www.twitter.com/onthespot_news Related Comments comments!