A BITTER row erupted at a full meeting of Kirklees Council yesterday, when a Liberal Democrat councillor was called on to resign.
Leaders of the Labour and Tory groups put pressure on Clr Gordon Beever to apologise.
But when he refused they called on him to quit.
The row erupted over comments made at the previous council meeting.
Then, Government criticism of the performance by the council's revenues and benefits service was being discussed.
Clr Beever said at the time that Government minister Malcolm Wicks had picked on Kirklees because he needed to make an example of a non- Labour council.
Yesterday, Labour's Mehboob Khan said the accusation was false.
"Clr Beever knowingly made a fictitious declaration involving a senior Government minister, purely for political gain," he added.
The Tories' Clr Robert Light said the matter should be referred to the council's standards committee.
"Clr Beever had no reason to make the false statements he did and no reason to bring the minister into the debate," he said.