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.”