A CALL to arms by Liberal Democrat leader Charles Kennedy raised a few eyebrows in Huddersfield.
Mr Kennedy's barnstorming speech to the party conference urged activists to be more ambitious in taking on Tony Blair's "shopsoiled" Labour Government.
But he also pledged to fight the Lib Dem cause on a local footing in Labour strongholds - and named Huddersfield as one of them.
Ironically, the Lib Dems are the largest party in Kirklees, although they do not have full control of town hall affairs.
Mr Kennedy's speech marks a definitive end to the closeness between Labour and the Lib Dems, developed under the leadership of Paddy Ashdown.
In next year's council elections, Lib Dems will be targeting Labour in its traditional strongholds, like Newcastle, Huddersfield and Sheffield, said Mr Kennedy.
Kirklees deputy leader Clr John Smithson said: "We are the largest group, but we are not in overall control.
"We are going to target areas like Kirklees to try and assume control at elections next June.
"Traditionally, Huddersfield and Kirklees have been Labour strongholds. They held control for 20 years, but now it is a war of attrition."