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.
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