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Library campaigners helped by Nick Cave
Fight to stop library closures gains ground - with judicial reviews of closures and help from author Philip Pullman and musicians Nick Cave and Sinead O'Connor

The campaign to fight library closures gained significant momentum today.

As it was announced that there will be a full judicial review on September 27th and 28th about the closure of 10 libraries in Gloucestershire, leading figures from the world of books and music - including author Philip Pullman and singer Nick Cave - joined the fight against library cuts

At a hearing in Birmingham about Gloucestershire County Council's decision to close 10 libraries, Judge Justice Beatson announced that there would be a full judicial review and that until September's hearing the 10 libraries and mobile libraries would remain open.

Desmond Clarke, a former director of Faber and Faber publishers, said the ruling was "fantastic news" which would "embarrass" Ed Vaizey, Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries.

Campaigner Demelza Jones, a member of the Friends of Gloucestershire Libraries, said: "This is a very welcome outcome. It's is also great news about the mobile libraries because they reach the most vulnerable people in our community."

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The Telegraph
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