A NEW council election candidate wheeled out the big guns to launch his bid to win the Mirfield seat in May.
Former councillor Michael Hutchinson (pictured) is Labour’s pick to take on incumbent Tory Vivien Lees-Hamilton. He was at the town’s railway station yesterday (Thursday) with shadow transport minister Mary Creagh.
Mr Hutchinson, whose nomination was only confirmed on Wednesday, wants to improve disabled access there.
He said: “It is frankly a disgrace that in 2014 we still have a station which is inaccessible to anyone with mobility issues.”
Mr Hutchinson wants either a ramp added to the eastbound platform or a new platform further along where access for disabled people would be easier.
His calls are backed by Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Dewsbury and Mirfield Paula Sherriff.
Ms Creagh, the MP for Wakefield, meanwhile, said Mirfield was not alone and called on the Government to act.
She said: “Mirfield is one of dozens of stations with no provision for people with disabilities or parents with buggies.
“I fully back Michael and Paula in this campaign and will continue to put pressure on the government to take action.”
Coun Lees-Hamilton was last elected in 2010 with 5,908 votes, a 56 per cent share of the 10,529 ballots cast.