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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HUNDREDS of residents turned out to hear about major house building plans in two different parts of the Bolton borough.

Lib dem campaigner Warren Fox has provided objection letter templates for residents to use that can be downloaded via https://warrenfoxcouk.files.wordpress.com/2016/12/horrocks-fold-v-2.docx

If you're not worried about the Investigatory Powers Bill (aka the Snoopers’ Charter), you don't know enough about it. Visit https://www.privacyinternational.org to join the campaign against new Government snooping powers.

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Lib Dems call for more help for the homeless following Council Windfall Bolton Liberal Democrats are calling on the Council to use a its recent windfall from the Manchester Airport Dividend to help tackle homelessness and local economic growth in the town. Back in the February the party made a plea for the to cut Councillors by a third and to shelve plans for a £1.5m investment to build spa and sauna facilities at Bolton One, instead requesting that the money go towards combating homelessness and investing in high-value industry. The request was unanimously rejected by the Bolton Labour majority benches. But now the party have refreshed these calls saying "there are no longer any excuses" following a bumper windfall from the airport dividend. As Cllr Roger Hayes explains: "for years now residents of the town have been sick of watching the Labour led Council waste tax payers cash on vanity projects and secret deals that benefit the few. In the past 12 months we have seen the group throw £90,000 at a chief-exec who allegedly resigned after just 5 months on the job, £9,000 in legal fees to hide the identity of a councillor who failed to pay his council tax and have given a massive £300,000 to a company with an enormous £300k tax bill. Meanwhile we have individuals on the street who have no idea where they're going to be sleeping from one day to the next and highly talented graduates taking low paid positions in discount shops and call centres because it's the only local work available to them. "This is why the Lib Dems are calling on the Council to set aside the unallocated half a million pounds from the airport dividend fund to invest in new multi-agency initiates to combat homelessness within our town, and work with the university to fund new high-value, high-tech industry, bringing essential jobs in textile development and software engineering to the town." ---end---

The houses haven't even been approved yet

Residents feel the deal is already done after sales leaflets appeared

Hey @northernassist you seem to have forgotten the carriages on the 18:10 from Deanshanger to Blackpool. Just 2 for all these people?



As Labour hide the way they use your cash, they make up for it by cutting services for children, families and the disabled. #YouCantTrustLabour

Whomever thought it was okay to dump two bags of household rubbish on Doe Hey Brook by Bishops Walk. Shame on you. It has been reported to the council and I hope you've left some personal information in it.

Cllr Nick Peel insists the new slim bins haven't resulted in more fly tipping. Yet this is a sight we are unfortunately getting used to seeing more and more. Bolton Labour rejected the Lib Dems suggestion of delaying the slim bin roll, now we are all suffering the consequences. #YouCantTrustLabour

“Out of interest, did a single Remainer challenge this at the time? Nick Clegg? Tony Blair? Gina Miller? Anyone? https://t.co/AXqZMFCsZ6”

Take a look at @DanielJHannan's Tweet:

The Lib Dem says centre-left voters who think the PM is "clueless" on Brexit should back other parties that oppose leaving the EU.

Nick Cleggs democratic message "Centre left voters should support a party other than their own to remove a sitting MP who supports Brexit". .

We've been busy informing residents of the GMSF plans regarding Horrocks Fold this morning with this leaflet. There are details on how to object and some reasons. Get in touch if you'd like more information.

Campaigners and residents have been out with Warren Fox in Ashley bridge this morning raising awareness of the plans to build all over Horrocks Fold.

"Will you be having another election in Richmond as we don't think they knew how they were voting?" Yes! It's called a general election

OPPOSITION councillors say their various questions on the Asons grant deal remain unanswered following this week’s council meeting.

It's nowhere near over! Any further questions you have? We'll get them asked.

Being a Liberal Democrat is different - you have the power to change things.

Fed up of being led on by Bolton Labour? Turn to the party fighting for a more honest, open and accountable council. Join the Liberal Democrats.

Macdonalds litter pick

We meet at 9 am on the carpark at macdonalds

shares Share on Facebook TweetIn a dramatic move that stunned even the most long-standing of councillors, former MP Mark Hunter led a council shock that saw the chamber forced into a vote on plans to build more than 12,000 homes on Stockport greenbelt. The Labour-run council narrowly avoided an emba...

Our sister party in Stockport have been trying to fight the Greater Manchester Spacial Framework plans but Labour and the tories don't seem to like the greenbelt.

The leader of Bolton council talks to us after protesters demanded his resignation.

Listen to the Cllr Morris, leader of Bolton Labour, contradict everything he's been saying over the past few weeks. Interview begins 2hrs 15min in. #YouCantTrustLabour



An insight into Bolton Labour group meetings

On the first day of Christmas the electorate gave to me - a massive win for @sarahjolney1! # LibDem fightback



The Lib Dems are fighting back throughout the nation. Join us in Bolton and lets #TakeTheFight2Labour http://www.libdems.org.uk/join