THE battle for control at Kirklees Council continues to rage.
Labour are expected to back Lib Dem plans to carry on as a minority administration with the Greens, as they did before this month's council elections.
Robert Light, leader of the Tories, labelled Labour leader Clr Mehboob Khan a hypocrite.
"He has complained vociferously about the Liberal Democrats for the last twelve months, but has now rejected the opportunity to remove them from power," said Clr Light.
His claims are being strongly denied by Labour, which said it had yet to reach any decision.
Labour councillors are due to meet next Monday to discuss their position.
Local elections earlier this month left Kirklees with a hung council again.
The results followed ward boundary changes and a reduction in the number of seats.
It left the Lib Dems with 25 members, Tories on 22, Labour on 17, the Greens on three and the British National Party and an independent with one each.
The six-seat increase for the Tories led them to declare they wanted to take over as a minority administration.
Allocation of Cabinet seats is due to be settled in a vote at the council's annual meeting next Wednesday.
Clr Robert Light said: "I am astonished that Labour are siding with the Liberal Democrats, but are not prepared to share power with them.
"It is, after all, the Labour budget the council are working to, and you might have thought they would wish to take credit for their policies which are being implemented.
"It now seems certain that the Liberal Democrats and Greens will continue with the administration of the Cabinet and we have little choice other than to accept that and let them get on with it."
Clr Khan said his party had yet to make up its mind.
"The Kirklees Labour Group will meet on Monday evening to decide how to vote at next week's annual meeting," he said.
"Our meeting will make a decision after taking into account such matters as the track record of the local Liberal Democrat and Conservative groups, their plans for the next two years and the wishes of the electorate.
"We will judge these against what we would like to see as being in the interests of local people and reach a decision."