A SPAT has broken out between First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Anas Sarwar over fears of library closures in Glasgow. 

The Scottish Labour leader had been campaigning in the South Side this afternoon to keep venues that are earmarked for closure. 

Describing Ms Sturgeon as a "self-confessed bookworm", he declared that "Glasgow deserves better". 

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He wrote on Twitter: "Another enjoyable afternoon campaigning in Glasgow Southside. I lost count of the number of these window posters.

"Nicola Sturgeon is a self-confessed bookworm yet the SNP is not reopening libraries across the city.

"Glasgow deserves better. #SaveOurLibraries".

The First Minister hit back at Mr Sarwar, adding that the South Side has four libraries. 

Replying on Twitter, Ms Sturgeon said that she hopes to bring the reopening of Pollokshields Library forward.

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She said: "Factcheck: there are 4 libraries in Glasgow Southside. In common with many more libraries across the city, three of them - Govanhill, Gorbals and Ibrox - reopen tomorrow.

"The 4th - Pollokshields - is currently scheduled to reopen in August but I hope that can be brought forward."

It comes after residents staged protests outside city libraries at the weekend.

The Save Glasgow Libraries campaign group were joined by adults and children in Pollokshields, Whiteinch and in Langside to warn council bosses that closures will not be tolerated. 

In total, only 90 out of 160 Glasgow Life venues are planned to reopen post-pandemic - leaving dozens with an uncertain future.