‘We’re not in coalition’

Halifax Town Hall
Halifax Town Hall

Liberal Democrats on Calderdale Council have dismissed suggestions that it is working as a coalition with Tories.

Coun James Baker (Lib Dem, Warley) said: “We turned down an offer to be in the Cabinet because we didn’t want to be in a coalition with the Conservatives as we didn’t think we had a mandate to go into the administration itself.

“We wanted to support them on a confidence and supply basis instead - we’re not bound to support them on every issue and we can deal with issues on a case-by-case basis.”

The agreement drawn up between the minority parties will see the Lib Dems sitting in on Cabinet briefings though not have voting priviledges at Cabinet meetings.

Council leader Stephen Baines said: “Any decision which Cabinet makes, the Liberal Democrats will have input on it - we’re going to have to compromise.

“It’s not going to be easy, but it’s a lot better than being dictated to by a party that has shown it doesn’t listen to the general public. “