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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"I want our schools to be places where our teachers have the freedom to use their skill and their knowledge to open young minds, not just train them to pass exams. "I want them to be places where children are inspired to learn, not stressed out by tests. "So I want to end the current system of SATS in primary schools that are a distraction from the real education that professional teachers want to give their children; that weigh heavy on children as young as six and add nothing to the breadth of their learning. "What are we doing, in 2016, threatening to relegate 80% of our children to education’s second division by returning to the 11-plus? Every parent wants to send their kids to a good school. But more selective schools are not the answer. "We need better schools for all our children, not just those who can pass an exam at the age of 11. We can’t just leave children behind." Tim Farron, Leader, Liberal Democrats

Tim Farron speaking to conference live from Brighton!

Tim Farron's passionate keynote from Lib Dem Conference.

A YOUNG Guide from Lostock enjoyed the festival atmosphere at Manchester’s Pride festival, a celebration of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and…

Fantastic to see our town's young people and voluntary groups supporting diversity, helping to make Bolton an inclusive place where everybody feels welcome.

Hey @boltoncouncil can you see to the drains on Newport Street by the train station. Awful smell past few days

CAMERAS are being installed in Bolton Council’s town hall chamber — at a cost of £100,000.

Waste of money? Or will it bring much needed transparency to an increasingly opaque Council?

How can we ever tackle hate when our elected representatives refuse to engage to combat it?

Bolton Liberal Democrats are at Manchester Pride today. Hope everyone going along has a fantastic time.

And the Liberal Democrats carry on the magnificent trend of being the party with the best 404 pages in the world.

IN scenes reminiscent of the 2010 coalition government, Bolton’s Liberal Democrat and Conservative parties appear to be joining forces for a…

It's about time councillors started paying attention. 6 years after the Bolton Liberal Democrats embarked on our campaign to reduce SRAs and the number of councilors, another group have decided to join the fight.

DID YOU KNOW: 68% of @BoltonLabour councillors (25 of 37) get paid a SRA. - with most not having any decision making responsibility!