Photo sees Sheffield library chief reported to standards board

Cllr Harry Harpham (right) , Cllr Mary Lea (centre) & Cllr Mazher Iqbal (left) Credit: Sheffield City Council

Three Sheffield councillors who sit on the Labour Party’s ruling Cabinet have been reported to the Council’s standards board over controversial library claims.

Cllr Harry Harpham, Cllr Mary Lea & Cllr Mazher Iqbal, the politician with responsibility for the Council’s libraries’ policy, have all been reported for their behaviour, following the release of a controversial photo.

The photo shows the three councillors delivering a leaflet claiming that a library - within the ward they represent of Darnall - will “stay open”, stirring anger among library campaigners as the council are still consulting over closing 16 libraries.

Opposition councillors claim that the photo demonstrates that the Council’s Cabinet is not approaching the issue with an open mind.