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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Love the planet, don't frack it - IRL & UK

Campaign targeting MEPs who voted to ratify the Paris Agreement in October but have yet to pledge to vote against CETA.

What is CETA? CETA is a corporate power grab dressed up as a trade deal that has been negotiated between the EU and Canada which facilitates fracking, as well as the imports of fracked gas and tar sands from sacrifice zones - a ticking climate bomb.

The final EU Parliament vote on CETA takes place on Valentine's Day week. Ahead of the vote, let's use the theme of love to ask our MEPs to protect what we love and reject this climate-trashing 'trade deal'.

Please read the pinned post for details of how to take part.



These are the people who have signed the draft Greater Manchester Spacial Framework. These are the people who think its okay to destroy swathes of Bolton and the wider area's greenbelt. Any single one of these people could say no and put an end to it today. All of them refuse to - including Bolton Labour's Cliff Morris. Lets ensure people across Greater Manchester know who is truly responsible if these plans go ahead



The Bolton Liberal Democrats are fighting to reduce the number of councillors to two per ward. Help spread the word.

A Labour council leader is facing calls for his resignation after he approved a £300,000 emergency grant to a firm of personal injury solicitors. Cliff Morris, leader of Bolton council, authorised...

You know you're in trouble when even the Times are talking about it. You'll need a subscription to read the whole thing.



Bolton Labour claiming Asons story in the Sun was falsified. Where have they been for the past three months? #YouCantTrustLabour

A COUNCIL was blasted yesterday for secretly giving a firm of personal injury lawyers £300,000 to buy perks for its staff, including a pool table. The company’s Lamborghini-driving boss clinched th…

A spokesman for Asons said: “The Bolton Council business grant is a confidential matter. “But a councillor chose to betray that confidence and leaked the details. Many other businesses receive the same type of funding.”



Let's not forget come election day next year just how wasteful Labour are with the spending.

Just like to say a fond farewell to @LiamThorpBN who finished at the paper today. He's done a great job at the BN. All the best!

Part of a £15million flood recovery fund will not be spent on flood repairs in Cumbria. Britain has been given the money from the European Union to tackle the problems caused by Storm Desmond. In 2007, the Labour government received money from the same fund but misspent it on other projects, accordi...

Thanks a bunch Labour! All because you're as useless with money nationally as you are locally. And don't get us started on the Tories......

Commuters who use Daisy Hill railway station have backed our four-point plan to sort out the station and its parking. Councillor David Wilkinson and the Westhoughton Liberal Democrat team are campa…

What do you think to our four point plan for Daisy Hill station? Click the link and have your say!

ASONS solicitors, the firm at the centre of the Bolton Council grant storm, are planning further redundancies, The Bolton News can reveal.

REVEALED: Asons to make jobs cuts despite Labour's £300k cash handout to "protect jobs"

Tim Farron: Theresa May has confirmed Britain is heading for a Hard Brexit. She claimed people voted to Leave the Single Market. They didn’t. She has made the choice to do massive damage to the British economy. Sign our petition to keep Britain in the Single Market here ↓ http://www.libdems.org.uk/single-market