Kirklees’ Conservatives have chosen their boss for the next four years.

Former deputy leader, Clr David Hall, has stepped up to the top job following the resignation of long serving leader Clr Robert Light.

Clr Hall, who has represented Liversedge and Gomersal since 2004, will be supported by neighbouring councillor, Mirfield’s Martyn Bolt, as his deputy.

Both were elected unopposed by the Conservative group at a meeting on Monday evening.

Clr Light stood down last week saying he wanted to spend more time with his family.

Clr Robert Light outside 10 Downing Street

His surprise decision came only a week after he was re-elected following gains in the local elections.

Clr Hall said: “It is an honour to replace Robert as leader of the Conservative group.

“I will work hard to ensure that our group contributes effectively to council business and continues to punch above its weight in Kirklees. “We have a very talented team, and I am delighted to have Martyn as my Deputy, as he is a good friend and has a wealth of experience to offer.

“We now need to build on the foundations Robert has laid over the past few years.

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“He has steered the group through many different times, some difficult, and I respect his decision to retire as leader.

“I know he will continue to be a valued and respected member of our group on the backbenches.

“Our priorities this year will be to ensure we are an effective voice in the council on behalf of our constituents, and in the first instance that will involve trying to ensure that the new council leader is the right person to take the Council forward.

“Should a Labour leader be proposed who we consider to be unacceptable, the Conservative group will oppose his or her election.”