COUNCILLORS concocted a secret deal that would have shut down Castle Hall School in Mirfield, a top politician claimed last night.
Conservative Clr Robert Light, who was ousted as Kirklees Council leader last month, claims Labour and the Lib Dems offered him a chance to stay in control.
The Tory Cabinet was toppled over its £200m schools plan for north Kirklees.
But Clr Light claimed yesterday that he was offered a secret deal to keep power.
He said: "In November, Labour and the Lib Dems came to us and said they would support our administration if we agreed to a plan that included closing Castle Hall and Thornhill High, scrapping our plan for a new high school in Birkenshaw and agreeing to end single-sex schooling in Batley.
"People will be outraged to learn of how Labour and the Lib Dems tried to blackmail the Conservative administration with these proposals."
Clr Light called on Labour and the Lib Dems, who now rule Kirklees in a council headed by Labour’s Mehboob Khan, to come clean about the plan.
He said: "They haven’t got the guts to stand up and say that this is what they believe in.
"They are dithering on this issue and appear completely clueless."
But the new cabinet member for schools Clr John Smithson denied that the Lib Dems and Labour had come up with the plan which included closing Castle Hall and Thornhill High.
He said: "It was their plan which they brought to us to discuss.
"There’s no question of any blackmail."
The Almondbury Lib Dem added that a new plan for the £200m investment in north Kirklees schools would be ready soon.
Clr Smithson said: "We recognise the urgency about taking a decision.
"We will move forward in an effective and considered way and we expect to reach our conclusions within a very few weeks."
The cabinet also took the first step yesterday to plan for a £200m revamp for schools in south Kirklees, centred on Huddersfield.
The council will now send an official ‘Expression of Interest’ in the funding to the Department of Children, Schools and Families.
A detailed plan for schools in Huddersfield, Denby Dale, Colne Valley and the Holme Valley is expected later this year.