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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A NATIONAL independent body will carry out a review into planning practices at Bolton Council in a matter of months.

We will be pushing for any inquiry to allow members of the public to privately present evidence.

BOLTON’S Civic Trust has presented an alternative vision for the future development of a key town centre space.

What do you think? Better than the current proposals? r should we be looking at something completely different entirely?

Is this the future? We hope not! Keep our trade barrier-free... vote IN on 23rd June :)

SUPPORTERS are urged to join a stand against hate crime and help form a human rainbow in the centre of Bolton.

Its our EU day of action today today. Pop down to the town centre and find out more about why we are IN!

We bring you all the action from the first planning committee meeting since the Bolton Council elections.

A COMMUNITY has pulled together – to help a new project in Kearsley bloom.



More misery for public transport users as it seems the railway line is set to close at weekends for quarter of the year

They want the track located elsewhere

What are your thoughts on the proposed plans?

One year on from the election

I've been told a residents dog went into Delph brook and came out stinking of petrol.. So while BX councillors will be celebrating 2night.... I'm standing in what might actually be **** and chemicals - David Walsh #CommunityIsForLifeNotJustForElection

Whilst winning candidates across Bolton take a rest after a hard fought election (some for another 4 years!) Lib Dems are out now getting to the bottom of issues effecting their communities. David Walsh in My Bromley Cross has been down to Delph Brook to look at what is clear water contamination. He's contacting United Utilities to find out what is ging on and will have an update ASAP



A big thank you to all our volunteers across the town who helped with the elections yesterday, can all be very proud of yourselves. A special thank you must go to Micheal Isherwood who spent much of yesterday (and indeed much the year) compiling the data to make sure we could make a real impact. Thank you!

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

Fantastic work by our Liberal Democrat candidates throughout the town last night, particularly My Westhoughton cllr David Wilkinson who was narrowly defeated by Labour in Westhougton South; the fantastic My Astley Bridge candidate Warren Fox who saw the LibDem vote share leap from 4.2% to 20.5%; and of course Councillor Roger Hayes in My Smithills who not only won - but won with 51% of the vote and increased his majority to 1134 votes ahead of John Gillatt, Smithills Labour Party. Across the town the Lib Dems were the only party to see any significant increase in their vote share with an increase in 3.5 percentage points compared to Labour who only managed a 0.3 increase; UKIP with a tiny 0.6 PP increase and roundly beating out the tories who LOST a huge 3.2 percentage points. The #LibDemFightback has well and truly begun in Bolton. Come and join it and take back your town!

Just a fortnight days after BHS file for administration placing jobs at the Town Centre store at risk, and a few days after the Labour Council refused permission for the exciting 'exit room' venture in the town centre stating that they want to use these empty spaces for "more shops", it has been revealed that another popular business is at risk of closure. The popular Rhode Island Coffee, on Knowsley Street, is set to close on 18th June following a decision by it's management company. A petition has been created by customers and you can sign it either in the shop or online using the link below

Another popular town centre shop is at risk!

A massive Good Luck! to all our candidates standing today. The #LibDemFightback has well and truly begun.



It's Polling Day - Get out and Vote Liberal Democrats

For the first time since 1997 the Tories are under pressure in #AstleyBridge - and its the Lib Dems coming second. With YOU'RE vote we can make history. Vote Warren Fox on May 5th. Together we can make a real change to #AstleyBridge.

Vote Lib Dem Warren Fox for a real change in Astley Bridge today!