I have had a number of letters from residents in Aintree about the possible closure of the library.
The parish councils in Aintree and Melling are working together with other community groups and with residents to find a way of keeping the library open and I support them in their efforts.
What is needed right now is for people in Aintree and Melling to work together to find a way to save the library. It is therefore rather sad that the Lib Dems have chosen to play politics with this issue rather than come up with practical suggestions.
Let’s be quite clear. The government has cut Sefton’s budget by £107.5million.
This means Sefton does not have the money to run the services it used to have. And last time I checked, Lib Dem government ministers were making the cuts just as much as the Tories.
So for Sefton Lib Dems to blame the council is out of order.
The Lib Dems also conveniently ignore the fact that they suggested the closure when they were in charge of the council. But what do you expect from the Lib Dems after all their broken promises?
The Lib Dems are making these cuts and I will continue to oppose them in parliament and locally.
The immediate challenge is how to try to save the library. It looks like the government will stick to its guns. So the communities in Aintree and Melling will have to do the job.
That’s where the parish councils come in.
Along with the churches and other community groups, there may well be a way of part funding the library and using volunteers. It may be that a library can be saved in a different building in Aintree.
Any practical suggestions must be made as part of the consultation. Either way, we should do what we can to save the library and to do so we need to work together not have one group of politicians blaming another for their own shortcomings.
Labour MP for Sefton Central