IT is a "historic moment" for the Green Party in York as the group announced it would join the Liberal Democrats in leading the council.

The Liberal Democrats won 21 seats at the council election - falling short of the 24 councillors needed for a majority.

The Green Party held their four seats and have now agreed to team up with the liberal Democrats to form a coalition.

It will be the first time the Greens have played a part in leading City of York Council.

Green Party leader Cllr Andy D’Agorne said: "It's a historic moment for the Green Party in York. It's been 16 years since I was first elected.

“We share a conviction in the urgency of addressing the climate emergency and making York carbon neutral by 2030, while improving life and basic services for everyone in the city. We will work to engage council staff, councillors, residents, businesses and interest groups in achieving this.”

Leader of the Liberal Democrat group Cllr Keith Aspden added: “I am delighted that both our parties have recognised our shared aspirations for the city and have come together to deliver for our residents and communities.”

“As Liberal Democrats, we look forward to serving our communities, making York fairer and affordable for everyone, improving our frontline services, addressing the challenges of climate change, giving our children a better start and creating a council that listens and works for residents.”

The Liberal Democrats previously led the council in partnership with the Conservatives before the local elections, which took place on May 3.