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 PETITION calling for Westhoughton to have its own purpose-built health centre has been launched.

Are Westhoughton being purposefully ignored by the Bolton Labour Council?

I WELCOME the news that MP David Crausby will be supporting the Bolton Liberal Democrats fight against the recent withdrawal of the Manchester -…

What do you think? Too little too late from the MP for Bolton North East?

SCORES of concerned residents turned out for a meeting to discuss plans for a new leisure centre in Horwich.

Labour have been plunged into crisis after Bolton Council leader Cliff Morris was urged to resign. It follows what has been described as a “serious error of judgement” regarding a decision not to r…

What do you think? Is it time for Cllr Morris to step aside?

So the Bolton Labour Council have plenty of money to protect their own Labour councillors from being revealed for not paying their council tax on time. They can fully afford to pay legal fees to prevent people finding out how much money they handed over to the last chief exec when he left after just 5 months. They even have no qualms with distributing over half a million of tax payer cash each year to their 39 Labour Councillors pocket! But pay for the legal expenses to stand by their planning decisions? No way! Remember this on May 5th When Labour ask for your vote. Remember that they're in it for themselves - not you. And then put you cross in the Lib Dem box to get a council that spends LESS of YOUR MONEY on councillors and more on services and facilities.

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Anyone wanting to vote in the 5 May local elections only have until next Monday, 18 April to register to vote. This is an opportunity to really make a change to the way things are done in Bolton. Together we can make a real change and get ourselves a more honest, open and accountable council.

In the past 12 months, Bolton Labour have given over £169,000 of YOUR money to 25 Bolton Labour Party Members. Let's see those angry faces if you think this is an outrage!

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...

AN MP is set to take the battle for Bolton’s buses all the way to the Government.

He says he's going to speak to the Secretary of State for Transport. We wish him the best of luck and hope the response is different to that received by Harper Green campaigner Kev Walsh.

In the interest of Transparency and Democracy; We invite all Bromley Cross council candidates to an election debate here My Bromley Cross. YOU the residents, ask the questions, be that about their backgrounds, policies, or just something you want to know. So ask a question in the comments, candidates will respond... like questions you think are important & like the answers of candidates you agree with more. #Rules: 1) No candidate can pose a question to themselves; or comment without a question being posed 2) Only candidates or their political party can respond to questions 3) Candidates must obey electoral law.. for obvious reasons 4) No releasing personal information of individuals, or making personal attacks Can you let your candidates know: David Walsh - Bolton Liberal Democrats Geoffrey Knowles - Bolton Labour Alan Wilkinson - Bolton North East Conservatives Elizabeth Spencer - Bolton Green Party Ian Varnam - UKIP - If someone knows him can they let him know

Great little project by the My Bromley Cross page. If residents want to find out more about candidates policy positions, plans for the town, or just what their favourite Game of Thrones character is then they can ask. Hope to see some great, positive discussions being had. Hope to see Bolton Labour, Bolton Green Party , Bolton North East Conservatives and Bolton UKIP over there. Maybe it's something that Bolton Live, Bolton Fm, Bolton News and Tower FM may want to keep their eyes on?

A COUNCILLOR who tried to hide the fact he had twice failed to pay his council tax on time is refusing to face questions after his identity was…

Councillors should be open, honest and accountable. The refusal of Councillor Ibrahim to answer questions and the Labour led Councils attempts to keep his identity a secret is everything that is wrong with our Council today. Vote LIb Dem on 5th May for a more open, honest and accountable Council.

Councillors need to tell us why they didn't vote for the Lib Dem amendment which would help the people of Bolton

IN February, during a full meeting of the Council, a budget was passed that would see £1m invested in facilities at Bolton One, a location that…

"It wouldn't have anything to do with the amendment also calling for a reduction to the ridiculous £205,000 being paid out in Special Responsibility Allowances to councillors — £169,000 of which is shared between no less than 25 Labour councillors — would it?"

Meet the dancers ready to hit the dance floor for Bolton Hospice

Best of luck to everyone involved! It's sure to be a fantastic night.

The #PanamaPapers huge leak of confidential corporate documents uncovers British tax havens at the centre of a huge tax avoidance network channeling crony money to corrupt leaders, and others cheating from paying their fair share. Despite being called on last year, Osborne has done nothing to create tax transparency rules that would break the flow of dirty money. Ahead of Cameron's summit on tax havens this May, we must call on Government to launch a full investigation into offshore tax avoidance, and what they knew about #PanamaLeaks. We must call them to act and give the British people the tax transparency we all deserve.

A PETITION signed by more than 500 residents calling on Bolton Council to address traffic congestion concerns on Blackburn Road and across the…

What do you think we can do to fight congestion in Bolton?

When someone suggests investing half a million pounds in supporting the homeless back into accommodation and employment what do you do? This is how your local parties voted in February.

The MyBromleyCross app is now available for iphone, ipad and android devices. If you want to check out the local event listings, report a pothole or check out some of the local petitions in the area you can download the app @ the appstore and playstore links below: IPhone/Ipad Andoird Link: Andorid update - previous issues with event listings now displaying on some devices has now been solved, anyone experiencing any further issues let me know - David Walsh

Live in Bromley Cross and want a quick and easy way of finding out about local news, events or want to report a pothole, fly-tipping or other issue quickly? Then why not download the new My Bromley Cross app.

BOLTON’S UKIP branch has been criticised for using swear words in a post from its official facebook page.

Bolton UKIP call their own manifesto "bulls**it" during Facebook fracking rant