A COALITION council will continue in Calderdale.
After the May 5 elections the Conservatives were the party with the largest majority of seats, winning 21 in the borough.
But the Labour and Liberal Democrats, each with 13, are vowing to continue their existing coalition.
They’ve spent the last few weeks thrashing out a deal which sees them have equal numbers of Cabinet members.
And both parties have vowed to protect key services, with children’s social care and education at the top of their priority list.
Liberal Democrat Clr Janet Battye will remain as Leader of the Council and Clr Tim Swift, leader of the Labour Group, will be her deputy.
Clr Battye said: “We are planning to continue to work closely together in a shared Cabinet for the coming year.
“We want to make certain that the work we started last year to give Calderdale a fresh start is carried through.
“In particular we will be concentrating on protecting front-line services for local people and continuing to make the council more open and responsive to local wishes.”
Clr Tim Swift said both parties wanted to protect key services during the coming 12 months.
He said: “The council continues to face major challenges, both in delivering on the efficiency savings required to protect front line services and in continuing the work to ensure that vulnerable people are supported safely.”
During the last local election the Conservatives in Calderdale took eight of the 17 seats available.
Labour took seven and the Liberal Democrats two.
Throughout the borough the council is made up of 21 Tories, 13 Labour, 13 Liberal Democrat, one British National Party member, two Independent councillors and one Independent Liberal Democrat.
Turnout was 41.66%, which is 61,099 out of a possible 146,667 votes.