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Shelf awareness! MP reads to pupils at new school library

21 June, 2019 — By Helen Chapman

Philippe Warnery, president of Estée Lauder Companies UK & Ireland, and Emily Thornberry reading to the children 

MP Emily Thornberry read to youngsters in the brand new library at a primary school in Highbury.

The library was funded by cosmetics company Estée Lauder and built by United Way UK, who provide books and libraries to schools across the country.

The Islington South Labour MP told the Tribune at Laycock Primary yesterday (Thursday): “The reality is the local authority has suffered 70 per cent cuts. We are happy to have investment to provide a library here but, of course, in the end it is right that the government should be providing schools with proper libraries.”

The library boasts 1,700 new books and each of the 440 pupils at the school will be able to take one home.

Ms Thornberry, who read The Lion Inside to pupils aged 6 and 7, said: “Even simple books like this have a great message – it is fine to be scared and it is fine to be strong. We all have these qualities.”

On the Conservative leadership, she said: “Presumably it will be Boris but whoever wins will have the same problem to grapple with – this agreement to leave the EU by October 31.

“With no centre ground left in politics, we as a party have to make sure that we are not left with a no-deal Brexit.”

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