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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Keolis joined forces with Amey to launch a successful bid to run the region’s tram system for the next decade - starting in July

The Labour Party transport bosses who run the Greater Manchester Network - including Cllr Guy Harkin as Vice Chair of TFGM and Cllr David Chadwick - think THIS is a good idea?????

FIRE chiefs have admitted that ‘there is no direct evidence’ to suggest Bolton Council’s slim bin policy has led to more fly tipping,…

Bolton Labour have forced Fire Chiefs to make a statement saying there is no 'direct-evidence' suggesting an increase in fly-tipping. However, Council data received by the Liberal Democrats suggests that such direct evidence could exist that supports the fire service's original claims. We await clarification on our findings

Last week @BoltonLabour called us liars for showing the criteria asons grant was given. We asked for the ACTUAL criteria used. #StillWaiting

Morning @BoltonLabour, how is digging out that eligibility criteria that the Asons grant was issued against coming along?

SHARE TO EXPOSE BOLTON LABOUR WASTE REVEALED: In Feb 2015 the Labour led Council reallocated one million pounds from the cash set aside for "supporting office development". This left just £500,000 for town centre office regeneration. They gave 60% of this to just one company using emergency power - Asons.

...and one thing we didn't!

Number eight is especially interesting.

Morning @BoltonLabour just a quick one today. Can you confirm how much was in the budget from which the £0.3m to Asons came from?

Eight things we learnt from the Asons grant scrutiny meeting (and one we didn't)

The Asons grant scrutiny meeting on Wednesday 11th January was probably the most well-attended Scrutiny meeting in Bolton's long history with a packed house at the Queens Park Pavilion Cafe and thousands watching the Liberal Democrats live feed online. It was also one of the most controversial with lots more questions coming out and not an awful lot of clarity. That said, here are eight things we learnt from the meeting.

On Wednesday lib dem leader Cllr Hayes revealed that the Town Centre Investment Fund used to provide the money Asons received was subject to certain eligible criteria and asked were Asons eligible. So.....were Asons eligible for a grant?