Senior councillors gave the go-ahead for Kirklees Council’s leader to attend a global conference in America.

Organisers of the trip will pay for Clr David Sheard and an officer to jet out to Los Angeles to be part of the CityLab conference.

And they said it will be an ‘fantastic opportunity’ to put Kirklees on the world stage.

Clr Graham Turner, Cabinet member for Resources, said: “This will put us with the movers and shakers in American politics, it’s a fantastic opportunity for Kirklees.

“I am sure David will do us proud.”

Clr Turner reiterated tat the cost of the trip would not fall to Kirklees taxpayers, adding: “It costs us nothing for David to go and put our case on the world’s stage.”

The three-day conference will see Kirklees feature among 300 of the world’s mayors and leaders to share ideas.

The invite came after Kirklees was short listed as a finalist in the prestigious Bloomberg Mayor’s Challenge - a global competition for authorities that could net the borough up to 5m Euros.

Its bid, based on the concept of a sharing economy, promotes collaboration between the council, community organisations and residents and it has been short-listed in the final.

A decision on the winning bid is expected later this month.