A WOMAN has come up with a novel use for an old plaster cast.

Hilary Richards, of Arthur Street, Golcar, who broke a leg walking in Staffordshire, had been collecting the autographs of ministers - including Chancellor Gordon Brown - who had visited the area in the run up to the General Election.

She kept the pot after it was replaced with a new one in hospital, and yesterday Veterans Minister Ivor Caplin, who was visiting Kirklees to meet local Labour party supporters, called at Mrs Richards's home to add his name to the pot.

He is pictured with Mrs Richards (centre) and Colne Valley Labour candidate Kali Mountford, who has also signed the cast.

Other signatures include former Home Secretary David Blunkett, former Dewsbury Labour MP Anne Taylor and Kirklees Labour Clr Mehboob Khan. The cast has been donated to the Labour Party to raise funds.

While in Golcar, Mr Caplin met Ms Mountford and local war veterans. He travelled to Labour's campaign headquarters in Commercial Street, Batley, for a lunch with former Batley and Spen Labour MP Mike Wood and met veterans from the Royal British Legion, the Royal Naval Association, the Royal Air Force Association and the Burma Star Association.