A call has been made for all parties to run Kirklees Council.
A senior councillor says no political party should be able to ‘opt out’ of the tough decisions the council faces and has called for an All Party Shared Administration.
Clr Andrew Cooper, Green and Valley Independent leader, wrote to the Labour, Conservative and Liberal Democrat leaders with the idea.
And two of the three opposition members have not ruled it out.
Clr Cooper, a Newsome ward member, said: “I don’t think it’s right or fair for anybody in the council to opt-out of this.
“The loss of around £152million from Kirklees budgets by 2017 is the greatest threat to local services that the council has ever faced.
“The impact on the services provided by the council cannot be over-stressed - roads that are already poor will get even worse, costs for adult social care will rise... libraries and museums are threatened with closure.”
Clr Cooper says each of the parties would be represented in the Cabinet, the decision-making body of the council. The Labour Party, with 32 councillors, runs Kirklees Council - 18 Conservatives, 11 Liberal Democrats and eight Green Party and Valley Independents make up the opposition.
Clr Cooper added: “At a time when Kirklees is facing its greatest ever crisis it makes no sense to have a minority Labour administration having the responsibility alone of trying to protect the services that people across the district rely on, need and value.
“It is all too easy for opposition parties to criticise from the sidelines with the comforting knowledge that they have no responsibility for any council decisions that are made, while knowing that if they were in charge they would be faced with exactly the same dilemmas.”
Kirklees Council and Labour leader, Clr David Sheard, said: “I won’t rule it out, but if others won’t step up to get us through these difficult times the Labour group will. We’ll work with all those who want to work with us. We’re not happy about doing all of this, but it’s got to be done and we’re prepared to accept the job of doing it.”
Clr Nicola Turner, Lib Dem leader, said: “It’s an interesting idea but I don’t think we need a place on Cabinet just to get our ideas passed.
“Where there are areas we agree we’ll support the administration. Where we disagree we will have to try and find a consensus, that’s the one thing that having a minority administration provides, it means they have to work with other groups to get an agreement.
“I do think we can work through this together.”
Clr Robert Light, Conservative leader, has not yet commented.