Despite Labour not having a majority on Calderdale Council, Labour will continue to hold the most important roles on the Cabinet after their nomination for Leader of the Council received backing from Conservative Councillors.
The first action of the Labour Leader was to increase the size of his Cabinet, increasing the cost to local taxpayers.
Liberal Democrat Group Leader, Councillor Janet Battye told us: “We shouldn’t really be surprised at either of these actions. The Conservatives have a history of backing Labour in this – this time they went as far as actively voting for it. Voting Conservative in the recent local elections seems to have the same effect as voting Labour.”
The Liberal Democrats also attacked Labour for increasing the size of the Council’s Cabinet. “This means that yet another member of the Labour Group is entitled to an additional £12,000. If there ever is a time to increase payments to councillors, this is not it” said Cllr Battye.
“I don’t think this is a good start to the new council year. The Council needs someone to challenge what Labour do over the coming year, and this is a role that the Liberal Democrat group will happily take on” said Cllr Battye.