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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The Labour led council today released a statement claiming that data released by the LDC showing Bolton to have one of the lowest town centre vacancy rates in the country was "misleading" and that council data showed only 21% of shops in the town centre were empty. However an FOI request made by Bolton Liberal Democrats chair Kevin Walsh in November 2016 requesting a breakdown of shop vacancies met with the following response: "In this case Bolton Council does not maintain a record of historical vacancies and so is not possible to provide the information requested without further analysis and creating new information. The Freedom of Information Act does not require us to create documents, nor to manipulate data to create new information; therefore the requested information is not held." The LDC gathered its data by visiting 250 town centres and physically counting the number of vacant high street shops. Does the Labour led council seriously believe that robust data collection by a highly regarded research company should be ignored in favour of anecdotal evidence presented in a Bolton News opinion piece? We'll be looking to find out. #YouCantTrustLabour

On Monday evening I was interviewed by David Cheetham and you can listen to it on the attached link.

We"re backing the only candidate fighting to give a stronger voice to local communities. Give Jane Brophy your vote on May 4th. #StepForward #GMmayor #YouCantTrustLabour

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Lib Dem chair calls for a cross-party solution in light of third year at bottom of shop vacancy table. https://t.co/h6pEIBAB2z

BOLTON has one of the highest rates of empty shops in the country, according to new figures.

Lib Dem Chairman Kevin Walsh said: “We are calling for the council to create a cross-party economic development plan that will look at ideas for kick-starting the local economy and bringing high-value skilled jobs, leisure and shopping facilities to the town. “The Liberal, Labour, Tory and UKIP councillors need to work together to inspire a new generation of industry throughout the town.

Brexit. The refugee crisis. The rise of the far right. Racism on our streets. If you're appalled at the direction our country is going, stop waiting for something to happen. Join the Liberal Democrats today and make something happen: www.libdems.org.uk/join

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We, the people of Bolton, object to plans by the Labour led council to introduce a floor to ceiling glass screen in the public gallery and believe there are better ways of spending public cash whilst ensuring the health and safety of the public who may attend council meetings. THe public gallery has...

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