THE leader of an opposition group on Brent Council said campaigners will "not give up" after losing a High Court battle against a decision to close half of the borough's libraries.

Brent Council held a press conference this morning with council leader, Councillor Ann John, to discuss the council's win and the future of the remaining libraries.

The Labour-led council announced plans to shut six of the twelve libraries in the borough in April.

Campaigners launched the Brent SOS (Save our Six) Libraries campaign against the council's decision to close Preston, Barham Park, Tokyngton, Cricklewood, Kensal Rise and Neasden libraries.

Brent SOS Libraries sought a judicial review arguing the decision was "flawed" as it failed to assess local needs and the impact of the closures. A three-day judicial review was held at the High Court in August.

Leader of the Liberal Democrats on the council, Councillor Paul Lorber, said: "We are not going to give up on our efforts to stop Labour's library closure plan. It's been a fantastic campaign by hundreds and thousands of people and the campaign continues.

“We are determined to save our libraries in Brent irrespective of what the Labour administration is doing.

"With an appeal now pending it is essential that the council maintains the current library services until the appeal process is completed."