LIBERAL Democrats have been accused of dirty tricks over ballot papers for next week's local elections.
The blast came after candidates for the Kirklees Council poll listed themselves as Liberal Democrat - Campaigning Against Hospital Cuts.
Angry voters who contacted the Examiner said it was a deliberate attempt to cause confusion with independent Save Huddersfield NHS candidates.
Juliana Markowycz, a voter in Crosland Moor and Netherton, said: "It just seems underhand and really crafty."
Another voter in Almondbury fumed: "It's an election slogan on a ballot paper.
"Why couldn't they just stick to what their party is? It shouldn't have been allowed."
The description has gone on ballot papers of all Liberal Democrats standing in Huddersfield and the Holme and Colne valleys.
Election officials have cleared the words as legal.
Huddersfield Labour MP Barry Sheerman accused his political opponents of hypocrisy.
He said: "Despite claims that they oppose the move of maternity services from Huddersfield to Halifax, senior Lib-Dem members of the health board voted for the move of vital services.
"This is another example of Lib-Dems saying one thing in public and another in private."
Liberal Democrats today denied claims they were trying to hijack the hospital campaign or mislead voters.
Their leader Clr Kath Pinnock said: "All the parties have campaigned against the health changes and it's frustrating that people are now pointing fingers when we should all be pulling together.
"We used the words because this is the single most important issue that has faced voters for years and we wanted people to be aware of it.
"We've made no big deal it - it's just there for people to see.
A council elections spokesman said: "Nominations would not have been accepted unless they were in accordance with the law."