'No confidence' Vaizey vote this Saturday

'No confidence' Vaizey vote this Saturday

A vote of no confidence in libraries minister Ed Vaizey will send powerful message about the crisis facing the service, according to CILIP members backing the motion.

Members of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals will cast their votes at Saturday's (21st September) a.g.m. on whether or not to support the motion, which accuses Vaizey of failing to intervene in library closures around the country, and expressing no confidence in his leadership.

Jo Richardson, a member of campaign group Voices for the Library who is proposing the motion, said: "Ed Vaizey keeps insisting that the service is not in crisis, and we need to show him that it is. This vote gives CILIP the chance to look outside of itself and set an agenda, supporting hard-pressed librarians."

Tom Roper, who will be seconding the motion, said: "There has never been a minister who has presided over so many closures yet done so little. This vote can start a discussion on the problems we are facing, in the same way the British Medical Association expressed their lack of confidence in Jeremy Hunt."

Also at the a.g.m., CILIP members will debate the proposed name change that could see the group rebranded as Information and Library Professionals UK.

Ed Vaizey's office and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport did not respond to requests for comment.