This weekend will see the decision by the Moray Council Administration to close seven rural libraries, against the advice of Council Officers, and in spite of an Equalities Impact Assessment Report, being debated at the Scottish Green Party’s Autumn National Conference.
Moray Greens Convenor, James MacKessack-Leitch, has been successful in lodging an emergency motion in which he will call on delegates to:
Condemn the cultural and societal damage being wreaked by the Tory-led Moray Council Administration in closing seven rural libraries;
Reaffirm that Scottish Greens recognise the importance of libraries as community hubs offering a wide range of services and opportunities;
Recognise that these cuts will disproportionately affect the most vulnerable members of society, leading down a path to disenfranchisement and isolation, and;
Stand shoulder to shoulder with the people of Moray, and Scotland, in their battle to save their libraries.1
“While it is sad to see Moray making the headlines for all the wrong reasons, I am pleased to be able to speak up for our libraries on a national stage,” stated Moray Greens Convenor, James MacKessack-Leitch. “This opportunity will really be able to set the context that across Scotland it is only in Moray that we are facing the closure of almost half our libraries. Coming on the back of other harsh cuts this really highlights not only how the Tory-led Council Administration is totally out of touch with its own people, but also wildly out of step with every other Local Authority across the country – all of which are facing equally tough challenges.”
The Scottish Green Party Autumn National Conference is the biggest gathering of Green activists, politicians, policymakers and supporters. This year it is being held in Eden Court Theatre, Inverness, on the 5th and 6th October, and is open to guests. Keynote speakers include broadcaster and commentator Lesley Riddoch, and Professor Mike Danson of Heriot-Watt University, an expert on regional economics.2
1 The full text of the motion will be available at conference.
2 Further information on this years National Conference can be found here: https://web-old.greens.scot/conference-2013/