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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A fantastic win for Robert Graham, the Lib Dem candidate in the Horwich Town Council by-election today (Claypool Ward). Full results: Liberal Democrat 323 (48%) Conservative 152 (22%) Labour 108 (16%) Independent Horwich First 80 (12%) Green 17 (3%) Voters said they backed our positive campaign for a fair deal for Horwich. Let the hard work continue!

Claypool (Horwich TC) result LD 48% (+15) Con 22% (-21) Lab 16% (-8) Ind 12% (+12) Grn 3% (+3) Lib Dem gain from Conservative

Congratulations to Rob Graham, elected as Horwich Parish Cllr for Claypool with 47.5% of the vote!

If you are a resident of the Claypool area don't forget to go and vote in today's Town Council by-election. Only the Liberal Democrat candidate Robert Graham can make a real difference.

It's the Claypool by-election for Horwich Town Council today. If you are a claypool resident make sure you vote! (for Robert Graham :-) )

Some might call this block voting and voting along party lines, they might even say that certain Labour Councillors look towards other Councillors as to how they should vote. Not me, I let the evidence speak for itself. Today Labour voted to tarmack over Leverhulme Park and deny Farnworth the chance for real regeneration. Pss microchip video is still in production but we thought you'd all love to see this video. Bolton News Bolton Labour Bolton Liberal Democrats Bolton Conservatives UKIP Bolton Branch Manchester Evening News Private Eye Labour North West The Labour Party The Spectator Have I Got News For You BBC North West Tonight

See who voted for and who voted against the Leverhulme cycle track.....

Sickened to hear that earlier tonight @ChrisGreenMP voted AGAINST recognising the rights of EU nationals to remain in the UK.

BOLTON Council’s planning committee is believed to have been given a clean bill of health following an independent review.

The terms of reference were always weighed in favour of the Labour group.

.@BoltonLabour Council admits to handing out 300 microchipped bins but has no idea where they are.

Which specific European Law are you looking forward to no longer obeying following Brexit?

A big well done to Becky Forrest in yesterday's Rumworth Byelection. Only joining us in June, Becky has shown residents of Rumworth that there is another very real option to Labour. She scared Labour out onto the streets and made the Lib Dems the only party to have increased both number of votes and vote share. If you want a chance at standing up for your local community and fighting for a more open, honest and united Bolton let us know. Doesn't matter if you're brand new or a veteran Lib Dem. You'll get the support you need to mount a real fight

Big well done to @fozziebecs. Making the Lib Dems the only other party to increase the vote share in a Labour dominated ward. We'll done!

Best of luck to Becky Forrest and the LibDem My Rumworth team tonight at the Rumworth Byelection. Some great feedback on the streets the past few weeks with even Labour voters willing to switch to make a difference. Your vote could make the difference. So if you haven't voted yet you have until 10pm tonight. Go for it! Polling stations are: St Philips School, Bridgeman Street New Testament Church of God, Church Avenue Melbourne Road Methodist Church, Melbourne Road Emmanuel Church Centre, Vicarage Street Pikes Lane Junior School, Gibraltar Street

The My Rumworth team are out finishing off the final delivery before tomorrow's by-election. Say hello if you see u…

The My Rumworth team are out right now hand delivering the final leaflet (imprint included ;-)) for Becky Forrest. Say hello if you see us.

Becky Forrest and the My Rumworth team out today delivering the final leaflet before the By-election tomorrow. Get out and vote for a real Change tomorrow instead of more of the same tired Labour Voice.

BOLTON’S Labour party has been criticised for sending out thousands of campaign leaflets which break election rules.

What do you think? Innocent mistake or yet more evidence that Labour don't feel rules apply to them?

We could save £0.3 million a year if we went from 3 councillors per ward to 2. Creating a more accountable and transparent Council in the process. Let's do it!

What would you do? Cut a third of Councillors to save money, or shut down two children's centres?