Lammy backs down

<p>Katherine Rushton</p><p>Minister for culture David Lammy has backed away from his threat to seize control of badly run public library services, claiming that even where 10% of a service's branch libraries face closure it is not in breach of its statutory obligations.</p><p>Lammy was responding to written questions to the Department of Culture, Media&amp;Sport from Tory backbenchers. On Lancashire County Council's plans to close nine of its 85 libraries, he said: "Although I regret any library closure, I do not believe that Lancashire's decision puts them in breach of their statutory duty...

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