POLITICIANS today took the first steps to end the power deadlock hitting Kirklees Council.
The Liberal Democrats - the largest group - proposed a power-sharing compromise, to be decided at a special meeting.
But the Tories have put themselves forward to run the administration.
And the Labour group has said it will not support the Liberal Demo- crats while Clr Kath Pinnock is the leader.
Clr Pinnock and the entire Cabinet resigned last week after a row over comments regarding the proposed merger of police in Huddersfield and Dewsbury.
Since then none of the parties have been able to settle the stalemate.
The Liberal Democrats and Greens have called for the special meeting so a new administration can be formed. That could take place as early as next week, but it is possible there will be no resolution to the mess.
"It is crucial that Kirklees Council has an administration as soon as possible," said Clr Pinnock. "Any further delay could cause damage to local residents' confidence in the council and undermine our regional and national influence."
The stalemate has left chief executive Rob Vincent with the day-to-day running of the council, in consultation with party group leaders.
The Tory group has today put forward its own proposals to take over the administration and steer the council through the present crisis until the end of the municipal year.
Conservative group leader, Clr Robert Light, said: "As the second largest group on the council behind the Liberal Democrats whose administration has collapsed, or indeed self- destructed, it is important that the Conservatives do not shirk their resp- onsibilities and offer a way out.
"I feel we are duty bound to put forward proposals so the council can at least see out the remainder of the municipal year with an administration."
The Liberal Democrats' group has passed a unanimous vote of confidence in Clr Pinnock as leader.
She said: "I would support a Labour/Conservative administration but not one group alone. We have always tried to have an all-party shared administration. I do not think it is acceptable or credible for the second largest party to try to form an administration."
The Liberal Democrats have proposed that all parties take part in a shared administration. The Cabinet make-up would be proportionate to the size of each political group.
Previously there were eight Liberal Democrats and one Green. They also propose that the council leader would be the leader of the largest group - Clr Pinnock.
But Clr Mehboob Khan, leader of the Labour group, insisted: "There was absolutely no reason for the whole of the Cabinet to resign. No criticism has been made of the entire Cabinet.
"The way forward is quite simple: the Lib-Dem/Green alliance is the largest group on the council and has a responsibility to run the council with a new leader.
"The Liberal Democrats' accusation that Labour plotted with the Tories to oust them is simply absurd; Kath Pinnock misled the council and we wanted her to simply acknowledge her mistake and apologise to council but we're not after a change of party in control."
He added: "Labour does not wish to dictate to any party who they can have as leader, this is a choice for them."