LABOUR leader Clr Tim Swift has been elected to become Calderdale Council’s new leader.
Wins at this month’s elections saw the party take the most number of seats.
It means Clr Swift swaps places with former council leader, Clr Janet Battye, a Lib Dem whose party lost seats. She is now the authority’s deputy leader.
Labour and the Lib Dems remain in a coalition with each other, for neither has an overall majority.
Clr Swift, who represents the Town ward, said: “In taking this role on I am aware of the challenges we face in the years ahead, particular in protecting frontline services in the face of reductions in budgets.”
He told his fellow councillors at yesterday’s Calderdale Council meeting that he looked forward to “robust debates” and that he was ready to take on the challenges.