Ditched council leader David Sheard has spoken of his anger and claims he was “knifed” by his own party.

Just days after retaining Labour’s share of council seats in the local elections he was ousted by his colleagues. And he has revealed he believes his plan to sack cabinet member Clr Jean Calvert are likely to be behind the coup that unseated him as leader of Kirklees Council.

Clr Calvert, deputy leader of the council, has been off sick for much of the year and has missed a number of meetings.

She has also spoken out against the cabinet’s Local Plan, which includes building 2,500 homes on Bradley Park Golf Course in her ward.

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Clr Sheard said he thought Clr Calvert and ward colleagues, Clr Ken Smith and Clr Amanda Pinnock, had canvassed for people to vote against him.

He said this, along with Clr Shabir Pandor getting the “Muslim” support, caused his downfall.

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Clr Sheard said he was disappointed that colleagues had betrayed him, especially one in particular who had promised to vote for him but then turned against him when the chips were down.

And he admitted he had not been aware the tide was turning against him and hadn’t campaigned for any votes, especially as he had been recovering from an accident on his motorbike in the weeks running up to the election.

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“I didn’t see it coming,” he admitted. “I knew they were plotting but I didn’t see that many members willing to go into the unknown.

“I never canvassed for one vote, I always stand on my record.

“One person said to me, ‘You have my full support’ and then went and voted for Shabir.

Council leader Clr David Sheard

“It’s a bit galling people will do that to your face and then vote against you.”

Clr Sheard said he “honestly believed” he was the best person for the job but would not challenge the decision.

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He said he accepted there was a disconnect between the nine-strong cabinet and the Labour group but said there had been no complaints or suggestions from others.

“We wanted to get things done,” he said. “I always had an open door policy, I’ve been to every branch meeting that asked me to go. I’ve never turned down any meetings.

“Shabir voted for all our policies, he didn’t once object when he was there; but last year he wasn’t there half the time.

Kirklees Labour member,Clr Shabir Pandor

“I believe he did a good job on education but he’s going to have make difficult decisions now.

“I strongly believe the council still needs firm leadership and he’s going to find it a lot more difficult than his previous job.”

Clr Sheard also disputed that the controversial Local Plan was behind the move against him. He said the Labour vote in the three wards with big housing plans, Ashbrow, Dewsbury West and Dewsbury East, had increased.

The Examiner has approached Clr Jean Calvert but she has not responded to a request for an interview.