Party confident of gains in Kirklees
LIBERAL Democrats have launched their Kirklees Council election campaign, confident they will get their best results yet.
Leader Clr Kath Pinnock said: "Local people are supporting us in ever-increasing numbers."
Her party is the largest on a hung council and a key plank of their platform is to seek more help from Whitehall.
Clr Pinnock said: "Our programme of action is based on tackling, head-on, the fact that people in Kirklees do not get a fair deal from the Government in the revenue support provided for local services.
"Calderdale has £16m more. We will continue to fight this unfairness."
As candidates gathered for their election manifesto launch at Huddersfield Town Hall, Lib-Dems promised:
* Five new schools - the first to be built for more than 20 years.
* An extra £500,000 for parks.
* A graffiti-busting team, together with more street cleaning in town centres at weekends.
* A proof-of-age scheme in the fight against teenage drinking.
Clr Pinnock appealed for voters to put her party in power with a clear majority.
She said: "In the last two years of leading the council, Liberal Democrats have achieved significant and substantial improvements that will do much to transform the lives of many local people.
"All this has been achieved without the total support of the majority of the council.
"A Lib-Dem majority will be able to continue these essential improvements, without being dragged back by the other parties, who appear more interested in political points-scoring."