Gloria raises library cuts

Eastwood’s MP raised concerns about the threat to the county’s library service in the House of Commons last week.

Gloria De Piero slammed Nottinghamshire County Council’s planned cuts and said the 40 per cent cut in hours to Eastwood library was particularly damaging when the town is famous for a literary figure.

She said: “If any part of my constituency reminds the world of the power of literature, it is the town of Eastwood, where my home is and where the adolescent DH Lawrence would borrow books on Thursday evenings from the lending library.

“I feel sorry for budding Lawrences among today’s residents of Eastwood.”

She also expressed concern for children learning to read and jobseekers without computers at home to access the internet.

“Without libraries, kids simply would not have books at home,” she said.