Talk to the MLA, says Burnham

<p>Culture secretary Andy Burnham has advised Wirral council to involve the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA) in discussions about the future of their library service.</p><p>The Department of Culture, Media and Sport spokesperson made the information public after shadow arts minister Ed Vaizey heavily criticised Burnham for failing to intervene over Wirral&#39;s confirmed plan to close 11 libraries. Vaizey claimed Burnham was &quot;ignoring his responsibilities as secretary of state&quot;.</p><p>The DCMS pokesperson said Burnham &quot;has encouraged the Wirral to involve the MLA in their discussions, in their role as the national strategic body for the library sector, and as a source of best practice advice and as a facilitator for dialogue with sector peers.&quot;</p>