Accessibility campaigners say it is a "kick in the teeth" that the £1m sculpture was made public on Tuesday, three days before the 200th anniversary of the Peterloo Massacre. They had complained repeatedly that the monument, designed by Turner prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller, is inaccessible to wheelchair users.

Accessibility advisor Mark Todd said: “As it’s currently designed, everybody is stood at the top speaking down to disabled people at the bottom. If you wanted the worst metaphor for inequality, there it is.” Manchester City Council says modifications will be made "to ensure the monument is fully accessible".