Council’s new way is ‘fairer’

Halifax Town Hall
Halifax Town Hall

Leader of the local Conservative Group Stephen Baines believes the breakdown of the council’s Lab/Lib coalition will make things “fairer for all”.

Labour and Liberal Democrats have shared leadership of Calderdale Council since the 2010 General Election but this agreement came to an end last week.

The proposal going forward is that Labour should hold all the cabinet positions with chairs for the scrutiny panels shared between the other groups.

Leader of the Calderdale Conservative Group Stephen Baines said: “The Conservatives, who were the largest group until last May, have had no input in the running of the council.

“The new proposals are that the positions of authority will be split in proportion to number of councillors.”

The Northowram and Shelf councillor said: “If we made some sort of deal with the Liberals it would exclude Labour and in my book two wrongs don’t make a right.

“Hopefully if all groups take part in it this it will be much fairer for all.”

Current council leader Tim Swift (Lab, Town) will hope to be voted as leader at the council’s annual meeting on May 15, he has confirmed Barry Collins (Lab, Illingworth and Mixenden) will be deputy leader.