LABOUR councillors are "disappointed" by plans for the Green Party and Liberal Democrats to team up to lead City of York Council.

The Labour group say both the Greens and the Lib Dems ruled out discussing power sharing with them.

And the deal leaves Labour in opposition.

A spokesman for the party said leaked minutes from a meeting show the Greens did not put forward any options to work with Labour in a two or three party coalition.

But Green group leader Andy D'Agorne said he wants to "overcome party tribalism".

Cllr Danny Myers, leader of the Labour group, said the coalition is "built on very shaky foundations" and expects the leading parties to disagree on a number of issues including York Central, transport and recycling.

He said: “It’s disappointing to see the Greens going into coalition with a party that has failed the city and its residents so badly over the past four years.

"It’s also surprising to see the Greens lean towards the Lib Dems given their dreadful record on green policies in recent years. Recycling rates have flatlined and cycle and bus journeys have gone down, with the Lib Dems focus being elsewhere. Their ‘greenest city in the north’ pledge from 2015 has been one of their most notable failures in running the council."

Cllr D'Agorne said: "Labour are well aware of the private discussions we had with them about options for three party working in a shared administration, which was a genuine attempt by us to overcome party tribalism.

"Now that this issue has been settled we look forward to all-party backing for actions to tackle the climate emergency, that had the support of all parties when we passed the resolution in March.

"We expect Labour will be pressing on their manifesto commitments and we will be working hard to get cross party support for the actions we have committed to that are essential to meet the challenges of the climate emergency."

Lib Dem group leader Cllr Keith Aspden said: “Since the outcome of the election, we have been working hard to put in place new and effective arrangements for the governance of the council, in order to ensure that the services which matter to residents are delivered and continue to be improved.

“We remain committed to working with all parties on shared areas of interest, particularly in improving the transparency of the council and giving a greater voice to residents.”