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Labour has accused the Tories and Lib Dems of proving once and for all that the two parties are truly two sides of the same coin after they concocted a secret deal to carry out a coup of Calderdale Council last night.

Speaking after the council meeting, Labour Group leader Tim Swift said:

“This cynical coup proves once and for all that the Lib Dems and the Tories are two sides of the same coin. In Westminster for four years they have been in cahoots and now they are going to do the same here in Calderdale.

“It shows that if you vote Lib Dem you get Tory. The chaos and hours of deliberations which followed their power-grab last night showed they didn’t have a clue what to do next – if that is a sign of how Calderdale Council is to be run for the next nine months I worry for the people of the borough – they deserve better than this.

“In the ultimate show of hypocrisy, the two issues which Cllrs Battye and Baines pretended this was all about – car parking charges in the town centre and Hipperholme crossroads – were both subsequently swiped from the agenda and so were not even discussed at all.

“The Tories and Lib Dems have been exposed as power-hungry shadows of their national parties, putting their selfish goals above the best interests of Calderdale residents.

“Labour will hold the new administration to account strongly and will be working harder than ever to secure an overall majority on Calderdale Council in next May’s elections.”

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Rosie Winterton MP, Labour’s chief whip, speaking after launching the European and Local elections campaign in Dewsbury, said:

"People have the chance in these elections to vote for a Labour Party on their side tackling the cost of living crisis - freezing energy bills, cutting business rates for local businesses, extending free child care and today we're announcing new help for the 9 million people living in private rented accommodation

"The staff ad service users at Fusion Housing we met today were very supportive of our commitment to stop letting agents charge huge fees, create new longer tenancies to give people security and limit rent increases.

"David Cameron's Tories stand up for the privileged few, but Labour's European and local election candidates will be strong voices for everyone in our society."

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Labour’s shadow energy minister has called on the government to do everything in its power to save Kellingley pit.

Following an announcement by the government that they’re to provide a £10m fund to help with a managed closure of the put in 2015, Labour said it’s now crucial to use that time to work relentlessly towards finding an alternative private sector company to provide the investment the pit needs to survive longterm.

Tom Greatrix said:

“As two of the UK’s last three deep coal pits, the loss of Kellingley and Thoresby will have a significant detrimental impact on the communities and local economies. There are 1300 direct jobs which will be lost with closure, and hundreds of other indirect jobs in the affected areas also likely to go.

“The Government’s decision to avert immediate closure means that there is now a final, short and pressing time to secure the private investment needed for these pits to continue to operate beyond 2015. If that support cannot be secured by the end of May, the Government’s £10m commercial loan will lead to the managed closure of these pits with many of the jobs likely to be gone this year before the closedown is completed next year.

“Even at this late stage, the Government should be doing everything in their power now – before the closure effectively begins at the end of May - to seek, and work with, potential alternative operators to secure an economically viable future for both pits and their loyal and dedicated workforces.”

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