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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"Following our survey, 100% of residents said the Labour led Bolton Council were wrong for giving Asons a £300,000 grant" - Warren Fox

The spearmint Polo has spoken. @BoltonLabour were WRONG to give £0.3m to @AsonsSolicitors #AsonsGate #YouCantTrustLabour

ANOTHER Bolton law firm boss has spoken out against a decision by the council to give Asons solicitors a £300,000 grant and said he will be…

Pressure mounts on Council as law firm seeks to make official complaint to national watchdog.

HMRC disputed 'profit extractions' by Asons Solicitors ahead of local authority's controversial decision to hand the PI firm a grant.

How deep is the Asons rabbit hole?



A few more "answers" regarding the Asons grant from Mondays scrutiny panel. These are in regard to the Clarance Street land given To Asons. What do you think? Believe them all?



Here is the response given by Bolton Council to one of the questions asked by the Liberal Democrats at yesterday's scrutiny panel. Instead of answering it raises yet more questions. Why did Asons spend £1.1m on a building they moved into on July 29th 2016 if they "were considering a potential move out of the area"? We were told initially that the grant was for refurbishment work, but the offices had been redecorated and inhabited for more than a month before the grant was provided. So how is this money being used? Did Asons threaten to leave Bolton if they failed to secure the grant? We'll keep asking the questions until the public get their answers!

Looking for answers regarding the recent grant awarded privately by the Bolton Labour led Council? Ask away. The Bolton Liberal Democrats are fighting to get to the bottom of why this grant happened and won't rest until we have answers. Some we may be able to answer for you now, others we may need t...

Want Answers? The Bolton Liberal Democrats are asking all the questions you want answers to and more regarding the Asons grant of £0,3m. If you have any questions at all, fill out our form here. If we can't get you an answer straight away, we'll be sure to delve deeper in order to uncover the truth.

Time for Answers: Asons Grant


Looking for answers regarding the recent grant awarded privately by the Bolton Labour led Council? Ask away. The Bolton Liberal Democrats are fighting to get to the bottom of why this grant happened and won't rest until we have answers. Some we may be able to answer for you now, others we may need to bring up in scrutiny meetings. But if, like us, you're desperate for answers completed the form and we'll get back to you.



Please tell me when the next pint & politics is and where. Thanks.



How do you feel about Bolton Labour Council's £0.3 million deal with Asons? Email 300k@bolton-libdems.org.uk and have your say!

Great to see Bolton Labour pushing a Lib Dem manifesto policy. If only they'd stop pushing Tory policy of giving mi… https://t.co/YUwosIbs6k

We call on the Chancellor to include an emergency cash injection of £4bn for the NHS and social care in this week's Autumn Statement. Former Health Minister Norman Lamb said the funding is urgently needed to improve NHS and social care services, which are facing financial crises. Read our demands for the Autumn Statement here > http://www.libdems.org.uk/autumn-statement-demands

PRESSURE is continuing to mount on council bosses over revelations that they awarded a £300,000 grant to Asons solicitors.

We've a great number of questions planned but don't expect anything in the way of clear answers. Have you any questions you'd like asking?



Morning Bolton!



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We have a couple we would like to ask.....