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Brent library decision was 'fair', says council leader

13 October 2011 Last updated at 17:12 BST

Campaigners have lost their High Court bid to save six libraries in north-west London which were marked for closure to cut council spending.

Brent Council announced plans to shut half of its libraries in April.

Brent SOS Libraries sought the judicial review arguing the decision was "flawed" as it failed to assess local needs and the impact of the closures.

But the Leader of Brent Council, Councillor Ann John, said the decision would help them improve the remaining six libraries that will remain open.

The case was being seen as a test case for other campaigners across the UK fighting to keep 400 libraries open.