TORIES hopes of forming a minority adminstration on Kirklees Council have been dashed - after Labour refused to give their backing.
Jubilant Tories were aiming to make their bid after six gains at the local elections earlier this month.
But their hopes are in tatters today and it meant Lib-Dems were near certain to continue to hold their seats on a powerful decision-making cabinet.
The Lib-Dems have 25 seats after the election, Tories 22, Labour 17, Greens three, BNP one and independent one.
Labour members decided not to back either Lib-Dems or Tories in their bids for power.
Labour group leader Clr Mehboob Khan said today: "The Liberal Democrats lost badly at the polls because they have made a mess of running the council, while the policies of the Conservatives would decimate essential public services.
"The Tories have consistently opposed common sense policies such as 16 extra police community support officers, improved street cleaning, litter removal and fight against crime and anti-social yobs.
"For these good reasons Labour will not be supporting either party in their quest to run Kirklees Council."
The issue of who takes cabinet seats was being settled at the council's annual meeting today.
Clr Khan alleged that a deal had been made for Lib-Dems to take cabinet places and the Tories to get most of the committee chairmanships.
Clr Khan said: "Liberal Democrats and Conservatives in Kirklees have followed the lead from their colleagues in neighbouring Leeds, Calderdale, and Bradford where Lib-Dem/Tory alliances have been formed."
Clr John Smithson, Lib-Dem deputy leader, said no deal had been done with anybody.
He said: "We have always said there should be an all-party shared administration.
"It worked well before, but is clearly not going to happen again because the other parties refuse to co-operate.
"As largest party, we will be putting forward our own slate tomorrow, but if that is voted down then the other parties clearly have a duty to form an administration."
Tory group leader Clr Robert Light confirmed his group would not be taking over cabinet positions following Labour's decision.
He said: "I was told right at the start that this might happen and now this has been confirmed."