Labour have taken overall control of Calderdale council for the first time in more than 20 years. Labour gained four seats from the Conservatives in the local elections, taking them to 28 out of the 51 seats on the Council.
The Conservatives lost a further two seats, one to the Independents, and then suffered a further loss just days after the election when another of their councillors defected to join Change UK.
Calderdale Labour group leader Tim Swift said: “This has been a fantastic result for Labour. We’ve worked hard as a minority administration to defend local services against austerity, and to set out a positive vision for the Borough, and despite the attacks we’ve faced from the other groups, we have come out of this election in the strongest position we could have hoped for.
“Now we are setting to work on delivering our priorities for Calderdale. Of course we continue to face a tough fight against a Conservative Government in Westminster that is cutting funding for local services, but we are determined to use this opportunity to create a better future for our residents and our communities.”