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MP calls for review of LiveWire's governance

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20 Jan 2017
Helen Jones H&S Warrington North MP Helen Jones is calling for an independent review of LiveWire’s governance following a meeting with the council’s Chief Executive, Professor Steven Broomhead.

Speaking after the meeting, Helen Jones MP said:

"Whilst it is good that no library closures are being announced, I am concerned that LiveWire have no coherent plan to keep libraries open.

"I have asked Professor Broomhead to set up an implementation group to look at improving the book stock and at ways of increasing the use of libraries. This group needs to look at what has been done elsewhere so that we can learn from best practice. If action is not taken now I suspect that livewire will come back in 12 months time and tell us that there has been no improvement."

The MP added that she had also called for an independent review of LiveWire’s governance, saying:

"The current board is not fit for purpose and does not provide sufficient challenge to LiveWire staff.

"There was no election for Chair or Vice Chair at the AGM, the roles of various board members are not properly defined and financial oversight is poor.

"I have asked that the council ensure a review of governance  takes place without delay and that future appointments are made only after proper advertisement and in line with the Nolan principles.

"It is my view that, ultimately, the responsibility for the shambles at LiveWire lies with the board and with the Chair. I now call upon him to accept responsibility for what has gone wrong and to resign. Other members of the board, with the exception of the two local councillors properly appointed by Warrington Borough Council, should also be considering their position. They have failed to provide proper leadership or to act in the interests of the community."

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