THE campaign to raise £69,000 for a statue to former Blackburn MP Barbara Castle is being relaunched today ­— for International Women’s Day.

It is being backed by her former secretary Janet Anderson, her agent Stuart Roberts and the son of a multiple sclerosis victim she helped get an invalid car.

Details of the former Labour cabinet minister’s achievements, both locally and nationally, and how to give cash are on social media and on digital screens and bus shelters across Blackburn with Darwen.

Mrs Anderson, later the MP for Darwen, said: “This statue would be a fitting tribute to Barbra who did so much for women, Blackburn and road safety. I would urge people to support this appeal. She deserves more than a dual-carriageway.”

Mr Roberts, of Fir Trees Drive, is providing the appeal team with photographs and memories of Mrs Castle.

David Hargreaves, 78, whose father Bernard received a life-changing invalid car after her intervention is giving cash and Blackburn memorabilia to the appeal.

Campaigners hope to unveil the bronze statue in Jubilee Square on October 6 2020 what would have been Barbara’s 110th birthday. Baroness Castle was Blackburn’s MP for 34 years.