COUNCILLORS accused each other of dishonesty over controversial bin collections.
The angry exchanges took place at Kirklees Council’s annual budget meeting on Wednesday.
Conservative, Lib Dem and Green councillors agreed a spending plan for 2008/09.
But Labour, which is the largest party on the council, had no input into the budget.
The party believes fortnightly bin collections – which are being introduced around Kirklees – are inappropriate in some urban areas for health reasons.
But a rival councillor said Labour had taken a different position in private.
Lib Dem deputy leader Clr John Smithson alleged that Labour leader Clr Mehboob Khan had spoken in favour of weekly collections during private budget negotiations on February 20.
Clr Smithson said: “Mehboob Khan said: ‘We want to move to week-about collections. We just think you’re doing it too quickly’.”
Speaking after Wednesday’s meeting, Clr Khan denied he had spoken in favour of fortnightly collections at the private meeting.
He said: “That’s not true at all. I said that Kirklees is a diverse borough and that some of the wards want to keep weekly collections.
“John Smithson told me that he understood that position.”