A Labour councillor has been suspended by his party after allegations that he assaulted a woman emerged last month.
Councillor Daniel Sutherland (Lab, Illingworth and Mixenden) appeared at Calderdale Magistrates Court on July 10 to face a charge of assault by beating against the woman.
The 23-year-old councillor, of Valley View, Halifax, spoke only to confirm his name, age and address during the initial hearing at Calderdale Magistrates Court.
He pleaded not guilty to the incident that is alleged to have taken place after a party on June 24.
The case was adjourned for a trial at Bradford Magistrates Court on November 1, 2012.
A Calderdale Labour spokesperson said: “As soon as these serious allegations against Daniel Sutherland came to light his membership was suspended by the Labour Party with immediate effect.
“As a trial is now pending it would be inappropriate to comment further at this stage.”
Councillor Sutherland represents Illingworth and Mixenden ward and chairs the council’s planning committee.
He is also a member of the council’s governance and business committee and the social care for children review group.
Councillor Sutherland has played rugby for Ovenden Rugby League Football Club for six years.
He is a member of the management board at Illingworth Centre Committee, Mixenden Parent’s Committee and the North Halifax Partnership.
His mother, Lisa Lambert, who accompanied him to court, was elected to the council in May.