The children’s laureate Chris Riddell and his predecessor Michael Rosen, were among the thousands of campaigners at the protest march against widespread cuts to cultural services outside the British Library in London on Saturday 5 November before marching to a rally in Trafalgar Square.
Lambeth Libraries campaigners set off from Brixton to join the march and rally.
Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell Backed The Protest
Back in August Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the Labour Party, declared his support for the planned demonstration, accusing the Conservative Party of using austerity to justify cuts to local councils which have led to the library closures. He pledged that a Labour government would ‘in-source’ public and local council services and increase access to leisure, arts and sports across the country.
“Libraries, museums and galleries are public assets which help to celebrate and promote the rich cultural diversity of our communities,” Corbyn said. “I want to thank the organisers of this event for bringing together this social movement to resist the attacks by this Tory government and for promoting these precious public services”.
John McDonnell, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, added “The Tories have waged a six-year war on our libraries, museums and our galleries,” he said. “These valuable public services which reflect, support and celebrate the rich diversity of our communities should be nourished, not destroyed.”
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