Rachel Reeves

Member of Parliament for Leeds West

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Author Alan Bennett supports Bramley and Armley Libraries


Armley born author, screenwriter, playwright, and actor, Alan Bennett has recently lent his support to the local campaign to maintain current opening hours at Armley and Bramley libraries. 

In his letter to Rachel he talked about how libraries played a very important role in his life, particularly Armley library where he says he learned to read. He said that every child in Leeds deserve the facilities and support he had fifty years ago.

You can read his full letter here:

“I learned to read at the Armley Public library at the bottom of Hall Lane. As a schoolboy I used to take books out of Headingley library, opposite the Lounge cinema on North Lane. I often did my homework in the Reference library on the Headrow. Reading and the city went hand in hand.

Every child in Leeds today deserves these facilities and the support that I had fifty years ago*".

Alan Bennett

Rachel said:

“It’s very encouraging to get Alan’s support at a time when our libraries are facing significant and very unfair cuts. We have only two permanent libraries to serve the entire constituency-of more than 93000 people. I am sure Alan's support will definitely help and encourage people to protect their libraries".


*Alan phoned the office after he had posted the letter to explain that he felt he had made a “school boy error” in calculating how many years ago it was that he had used Armley and Headingley Libraries!

Picture shows Alan Bennett when he visited Armley Industrial Museum to talk at a Film Night hosted by Rachel in aid of Shelter, also pictured is former Kirkstall Councillor Bernard Atha.

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