TORY leader David Cameron met parents campaigning for better education in Gomersal yesterday.
He praised a group of parents who wanted to open their own 900-place secondary school but have been refused permission to do so by the Government.
Mr Cameron hailed the creation of Birkenshaw, Birstall and Gomersal Parents’ Alliance (BBGPA), which was set up amid fears a shake-up will leave them without a school in the area, forcing pupils to travel 45 minutes to the nearest one.
At a rally held by the BBGPA in Gomersal, Mr Cameron said if elected he would help to make their “dreams come true”, telling them: “You have got the belief, I have got the faith in you and together we can make this happen.”
He said: “You are an inspiration for what you are doing. You are an inspiration in terms of an active community that is not going to put up with the bureaucrats saying ‘no’ and want it to be the case that it is the parents that say ‘yes’.
And he used the visit to highlight the pitfalls of a hung parliament.
He said the saga over the Building Schools for the Future scheme in North Kirklees was a “perfect example” of why a hung parliament was bad news for the UK, citing the decision taken by the then Labour and Lib Dem ruling council.
He added: “I think you can see, right here, the problems that happen when you get a coalition and a hung parliament.
“Who is it that is saying here that you should not have a great school? It is actually the council that is run by the Liberals and the Labour Party and the Conservatives are saying ‘we will do it for you’.
“So this is a great example of why hung parliaments, hung councils, do not get things done.”