Lambeth libraries campaigners gathered outside Herne Hill station this morning in the hope of confronting Labour party members due to assemble there to campaign for their mayoral and Greater London Assembly candidates.
But the only sighting of a Labour activist was Camberwell & Peckham MP Harriet Harman in a nearby café, who had thanked one campaigner for showing her a much discussed item about the “genteel occupation” of the Carnegie library in the Financial Times.
The lively rally heard from Cressingham Gardens campaigner Gerlinde Gniewosz and a multi-tasking solidarity speaker campaigning for Barnet libraries in north London who broadcast herself live via an iPhone.
Campaigners believe the council will on Monday morning seek a court order to remove them.
Reports of a late-night Twitter spat angered the protesters. Lambeth councillor Alex Bigham (Stockwell) had engaged with library campaigners first by posting a video of a bored and yawning cat, then, apparently in response to accusations about gyms in the Carnegie and Minet libraries, with another video of cats on a keep-fit treadmill.
He apologised with a third video of a cat reading a book on military strategy, saying: “Here’s one doing something we can all agree on”.