Campaigners upset over poll candidate’s pledge of support

AN election candidate has been accused of associating himself with a campaign to save Gomersal Public Hall from closure.

Committee members of Save Gomersal Public Hall were perturbed about a leaflet stating that Labour hopeful Jawad Khan is “supporting” their efforts.

Some took this to mean he was suggesting he is actively involved with their campaign.

Committee member Maddie Poutney wrote on Facebook: “... this man says he is a part of it but I can tell you he is not.

“The sad thing is we would have welcomed any time, experience or support he could have offered to the group...”

She claimed the leaflet, delivered to households across the area recently, was misleading.

“I have no political affiliation, but if we are to resolve any of the issues we currently have and are looking for help with, then it starts with trust, honesty and integrity...” she wrote.

Mr Khan, of Lower Hall Mount, Hightown, hopes to succeed departing Labour councillor Simon Alvy.

He faces a five-way battle for the Liversedge and Gomersal seat, with UKIP and the Green Party also challenging.

Mr Khan told The Press: “After listening to the concerns of residents, I decided to support the public hall campaign in a practical way.

“I met with the leader of the council and the cabinet member responsible for this policy area and asked them to work towards a solution which would keep the hall in public use.”

He added: “However, I think the wider issue of council funding has been overlooked.

“This is why the public hall topic has arisen, (because) the council is having to make cuts.”

Mr Khan said Kirklees had lost £358 per household in funding but others had faced less severe reductions.

He added: “I believe it is important that the interests of all Gomersal residents are taken into account when the future of the public hall is decided.

“If elected, I will continue to support the campaign to keep the hall in public use.”

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