“Brent Labour Party at war over toxic library cuts” – Willesden & Brent Times

Cllr James Powney, who has spearheaded plans to dismantle Kensal Rise Library. Party sources are describing his position as untenable.

The Willesden & Brent Times is continuing to report on the story here, with an exclusive on the fall-out from Brent councillors’ attack on the borough’s libraries. Senior sources are describing the vote to raze half the borough’s libraries as “toxic” and that councillors, including James Powney, who has pushed forward the plans, could “pay with his seat”:

Mike Phipps, chairman of Kensal Green ward Labour group, said the controversial closures were the ‘most toxic political issue for the party since the Iraq war.

He said: “There is real anger about these closures. It is not what people joined the party for and it is not what people in the party campaigned for party candidates for.”

Mr Phipps, whose local library in Kensal Rise is one of six due to close in June, warned that Cllr James Powney (Lab: Kensal Green), who as lead member for culture was instrumental in fronting the controversial cuts, could pay with his seat.

He said: “I think it is inevitable that James Powney will be held personally responsible for the way he has handled these closures.

“If the candidates’ selection process was tomorrow there would be real opposition to continuing with the existing candidates.”

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