Labour were the clear winners in last Thursday’s local elections in Calderdale and remain the largest party on the local council.
Labour won 8 of the 17 seats up for election, against 6 for the Conservatives and 3 for the Liberal Democrats.
And across the Borough, Labour polled almost 4,500 votes more than the Conservatives.
“This result is a strong vote of confidence in the way Labour has led the Council over the past year”, Labour leader Cllr Tim Swift says.
“We spelt out the choice between a Labour-led and a Conservative-led council, and local residents have made their views clear.
“The negative campaigning by the Conservatives, which failed to provide a vision for Calderdale, did not succeed.
“Despite the austerity policies being pursued by central Government, we’ve been able to defend the front line services people value most. Just as importantly, we’ve also begun to attract the kind of investment we need to help create better jobs and improved life chances for local people. “