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REPORT: Morpurgo backs 10 year old's library campaign

One of the world's most successful authors is backing a ten-year-old boy's campaign to protect the library service in Cornwall.

It comes as council cuts across our region leave the future of hundreds of libraries in doubt, with some facing closure and others having to reduce their opening hours. Our Cornwall Correspondent Steve Hardy reports.

We asked Michael Morpurgo why he's worried about libraries in Cornwall - and in Devon where he lives. This was what he said:

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Michael Morpurgo backs 10 year old's library campaign

One of the world's most successful authors is backing a ten-year-old's campaign to protect dozens of libraries across Cornwall.

War Horse author Michael Morpurgo is backing Leon Remphry's campaign. The 10 year old has made a video to promote his campaign 'right to read'. Leon needs 5,000 signatures on his petition to get a County Council debate. He currently has 4,500.

It comes as council cuts across our region leave the future of hundreds of libraries in doubt, with some facing closure and others having to reduce their opening hours.

Jo Pavey to turn on Exeter Christmas lights tonight

Exeter's Christmas Lights will be turned on in the city tonight. Local athlete Jo Pavey will do the honours at 6:30pm in Princesshay.

40 year-old Pavey, from Honiton, became the oldest European female champion in history when she won the 10,000m final this year.

Jo Pavey celebrates winning the Women's 10000m Final at the Letzigrund Stadium, Zurich during the 2014 European Athletics Championships. Credit: PA

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Band Aid 30 to start recording this weekend

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New lyrics to Band Aid song will focus on 'pernicious' Ebola

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Band Aid 30 will be available next week

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Adele and One Direction amongst artists to be involved with Band Aid 30

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  • Bastille
  • Bono
  • Chris Martin
  • Ed Sheeran
  • Emeli Sande
  • Ellie Goulding
  • Ollie Murs
  • Sam Smith
  • One Direction
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