FURIOUS Kirklees Council leader Kath Pinnock has blasted a political advertisement about asylum seekers as "lies".
The Conservative Party sent out letters and took out full-page newspaper ads last week, claiming Kirklees has spent £6m on supporting the asylum system since 1997.
The campaign claimed the money could have been spent on essential local services.
Town Hall bosses and civil servants are gagged from commenting on political matters, but Clr Pinnock denounced the claims.
She said: "Lie number one - housing and living costs of asylum seekers in Kirklees have not cost the council a penny.
"Lie number two - increases in council tax have nothing to do with asylum seeker costs.
"Lie number three - there has been no `chaos' caused by asylum seekers in Kirklees.
"The Tory candidate for Batley and Spen is also a Kirklees councillor and has never raised any of these issues in the council.
"If he believes what has been said, then he clearly has failed in his duty to local people.
"I know that the people of Kirklees are tolerant and fair-minded.
"They want a debate on asylum and immigration that is based on facts.
"They will welcome people fleeing from torture, murder and rape.
"I call upon all local Tory candidates to distance themselves from the views expressed in the ads."
Kirklees Labour leader Mehboob Khan said: "When people read it, it makes out that the council is just throwing people's council tax away on asylum seekers.
"That's not the case.
"The cash comes from central Government and the money is from a special fund which can only be used on these sorts of cases - not schools or anything else.
"Money spent on asylum seekers makes absolutely no difference to the council tax which people pay.
"Asylum seekers are put into properties that other tenants have refused to take up.
"Asylum seekers were housed in the Holme Park Court and Bishop's Court flats in Berry Brow, which people had refused.
"As a result, the area stabilised and income was brought into the local area.
"This is not about politics it's about giving people a proper picture and all the facts."
A spokesman for the council said: "There are currently 372 single asylum seekers in the Kirklees area, and 194 families.
"They represent less than one in 400 of the population, and the numbers have been declining.
"All costs are met by national Government.
"There is no impact on the local council tax."