Commons leader Leadsom promises help for threatened Northants libraries

Leader of the Commons Andrea Leadsom has promised to campaign for the "sustainable future" of libraries after visiting one threatened with closure in Northamptonshire.

Andrea Leadsom MP
MP Andrea Leadsom is promising help for threatened Northants libraries

Last year it was revealed that Northamptonshire County Council is considering plans to close up to 28 of the county’s libraries, including Brackley Library, to make £115m worth of savings.

Leadsom was recently invited to visit Brackley Library by nine-year-old user Alice du Plessis who wrote a letter to the South Northamptonshire MP saying: “We are not sure if you have visited Brackley Library and seen how great it is”. Deputy Town Mayor councillor Mark Morrell and representatives of Northamptonshire County Council gave Leadsom a tour of the building and a large group of residents of were also in attendance, including local author Sue Bentley.

Following the visit, Leadsom said she was doing her best to "make sure our libraries have a sustainable future".

"They are such a vital part of all of our local communities," she said. "Many people have written to me and I am absolutely representing their interest in making sure we can keep our valuable libraries.”