Kevin Walsh
A word from the chair of the Bolton Liberal Democrats
The Liberal Democrats exist to build and safeguard a fair, free and open society in which no one shall be enslaved by poverty, ignorance or conformity. We champion the freedom, dignity and well-being of individuals, we acknowledge and respect their right to freedom of conscience and their right to develop their talents to the full. We aim to disperse power, to foster diversity and to nurture creativity. We believe that the role of the state is to enable all citizens to attain these ideals, to contribute fully to their communities and to take part in the decisions which affect their lives.

This translates directly into the work we are doing within Bolton, campaigning for a more open, honest and accountable local council. Most recently we have been the only political party with councillors in the Town Hall campaigning against proposed fracking in Horwich, Westhoughton and surrounding areas. We are the only party pushing proposals to cut the number of councillors from three per ward to two per ward - saving more than £300,000 a year and making the council more accountable than ever. We are fighting for more public consultation on controversial plans - such as the recent decision to pour £3million into the short-sighted Newport Street revamp - and are pushing to allow more public scrutiny within all meetings.

If, like Bolton Liberal Democrats, you believe that you need to have a council that LISTENS to what you have to say; UNDERSTANDS the need for long-term investment to solve the problems within the town rather than short-term 'people pleasing'; and CHAMPIONS ALL communities within the town, bringing us closer together rather then encouraging divisions; then join us.

It's time we all worked together to #TakeBackOurTown
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Imagine you're going on a night out. You've made the decision to leave the house. You're going out. You and your friends phone a taxi and when it arrives you climb in. You're out but you haven't actually decided where you're going out to though. Do you:- A) have a discussion with the friends you are with and have a vote on where to go Or B) leave it to the driver to decide?

Today signals the end of Bolton Pride 2016. It has been incredible! Bolton's first pride march took place yesterday through the streets of central Bolton to the town hall, all in support of LGBT+ rights. Connor Goodwin, Bolton Liberal Democrat Campaigner said: 'This weekend's pride shows how far we have come as a community. It enables everyone to be be unified as one. Bolton Liberal Democrats are working for a more open, tolerant and united town, where everyone can feel welcome and safe to be an individual. As we have championed LGBT+ rights for many, many years; it is promising to see such a great turn out that is respectful, open-minded and equal. I'm looking forward to next years pride already! Lets carry on supporting each other and continue to create a striving society where everyone is equal'

Congratulations to Jason and Laura!

Dear Labour Voter, Today the party that you have placed so much faith in has taken the decision to turn it's back on the country. What was a party fighting for the rights of the poorest and most vulnerable has decided to go down the route of idealism over realism. Happy to be a party of protest than a party that wishes to take power in order to make a real difference to people's lives. Power is not a dirty word. Power is the only way to make a difference. To make a change. And when you get that power you do what you can to make the difference. Let's be frank. The Lib Dems in coalition made mistakes. Just as every party in power has at some point. Labour's excellent minimum wage policy and hospital building programme was undone by the Iraq war and failure to crack down on big business tax avoidance. But we learn from our mistakes. And we did so much good. The increase in personal allowance, creation of the green investment bank (since sold on by a non-coalition Tory government) and the Pupil Premium fund helping the most vulnerable children receive the education they deserve. The lack of the Liberal Democrats in government has seen the Tories reap a heavy hand on the country since 2015. They have abolished maintenance grants for poorest students, pushed young people into poverty with their changes to housing benefit and are now rubbing their hands together with the power they will have with a lack of opposition after the reelection of Corbyn. Nationally the Labour party have turned their back on the people who need them most. Whilst here in Bolton the Bolton Labour party turned their back on the people a long time ago. A town once near the top of Greater Manchester's most economically sustainable areas is now struggling near the bottom with some of the lowest average wages, highest shop vacancy rates and a lack of direction. The party that claims to stand up for the poorest voted AGAINST investment to help the homeless and AGAINST investment to encourage high-value industry - instead opting to push money into a quick makeover for Newport Street and a Sauna and Steam room for Bolton One. So this is a plea from me to you. The disillusioned Labour Voter who now can't see where to go. The Liberal Democrats are fighting for the open, tolerant and united Britain you hope for. We want to put an end to the ridiculous Grammar School plan of the Tories instead concentrating on an education system that works for all. We are fighting against fracking - with a national policy to ban it outright in the UK in favour of renewable energy. We are for staying in the common market and for freedom of movement. And for an NHS that is funded to its needs - not left to be a bargaining chip for politicians. Locally we are the only party fighting for a more open, honest and transparent Council. Outraged by the recent Tory and Labour decision to shut residents out of the planning inquiry just as easily as both those parties voted to shut councillors, the press and public out of executive cabinet meetings. We are fighting for better roads with double the amount provided by the Labour Budget of February. Fighting to help the homeless and at risk with a half million pound investment in a transition project for getting people off the streets and into homes, jobs and education. Fighting to cut the amount of Councillors by a third and cutting ridiculous extra allowances paid out to Councillors so that money can go towards vital front-line services instead. So I'm asking you to consider the Liberal Democrats as your new home. A party that wishes to fight the Tories and stand up for the poorest both locally and nationally. Take your time. Think about it. But really consider it. You'll be truly welcome along with the thousands of others making the switch up and down the country right now. Come and join the #FightBack and say no to another decade of Tory rule. Sincerely Kevin Walsh Chair, Bolton Liberal Democrats

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AN INDEPENDENT inquiry into Bolton Council’s planning practices will take place over three days next month, it has been confirmed.

Bolton Labour Council provide only a week to submit evidence to planning Inquiry! This is an appalling situation. The Council have known this inquiry was taking place for almost a year, and yet they provide just ONE WEEK for residents to submit evidence AND it has to be done through local councillors. We'll be making our feelings known.


Come and join us as we March with Pride today. Meeting at 11:30 on Spa Road. We'll be joined by the Liberal Democrat mayoral candidate Jane Brophy. Hope to see you there.

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Lib Dems at the Bolton Pride Community Expo

Join us at the Bolton Pride Community Expo event at Victoria Square

Bolton Pride Parade

Bolton Pride Parade

Starting at Spa Road to the Town Hall

"I want our schools to be places where our teachers have the freedom to use their skill and their knowledge to open young minds, not just train them to pass exams. "I want them to be places where children are inspired to learn, not stressed out by tests. "So I want to end the current system of SATS in primary schools that are a distraction from the real education that professional teachers want to give their children; that weigh heavy on children as young as six and add nothing to the breadth of their learning. "What are we doing, in 2016, threatening to relegate 80% of our children to education’s second division by returning to the 11-plus? Every parent wants to send their kids to a good school. But more selective schools are not the answer. "We need better schools for all our children, not just those who can pass an exam at the age of 11. We can’t just leave children behind." Tim Farron, Leader, Liberal Democrats

Tim Farron speaking to conference live from Brighton!

Tim Farron's passionate keynote from Lib Dem Conference.

A YOUNG Guide from Lostock enjoyed the festival atmosphere at Manchester’s Pride festival, a celebration of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and…

Fantastic to see our town's young people and voluntary groups supporting diversity, helping to make Bolton an inclusive place where everybody feels welcome.