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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Absolutely disgusting behaviour from UKIP Bolton Branch. Swearing at someone purely for posting a link to UKIPs own manifesto of all things. Disgusting. I hope Cllr Sean Hornby is going to provide an explanation for such behaviour from his team.

Just over 24 hours to go before the final Night Bus services through Salford to Bolton leave Manchester. First bus constantly keep spouting the same mantra, "supply and demand" as reasons for their cuts. But we all know the demand is there. Tomorrow's event is about showing that demand is there. We want people to post photos tonight and tomorrow on twitter using the hashtag #SaveTheNightBus and tweeting @FirstManchester. We'll obviously do more than just sit on the bus. There'll be quizzes, prizes and sing alongs as we move back and forth along the route. But we don't want any users or the driver to feel intimidated or for anyone to have cause to get the police involved. This is why we want you to make sure that you all have daysavers and passes available (so you aren't paying £3 every trip you take each way). We need First Manchester and alternative providers to WANT to have us on board their buses and to WANT to listen to our views - so if you're toying with trashing the bus and shouting insults this isn't the trip for you! We want to see party hats, fancy dress (if you like) - heck, if you play a guitar, bring it along and show off your talents. The important thing is that the bus is packed, people enjoy the ride and it leaves First Manchester realising they've made a terrible mistake. Hope to see you tomorrow!

Come and join Kev Walsh and the team on the Final Night bus service this Saturday night and help show just how much demand there is for the service.

Laura Laker: Frequent waste collection and knocking on doors of those who contaminate bins is reducing what goes to landfill

Why aren't Bolton Council learning from other Councils? Would you prefer to see any of these options?

A Bolton Liberal Democrat motion calling for councillors to attend all future council meetings in medieval attire is set to be debated at the next council meeting on Wednesday 13th April.

What do you think of our new proposals? Anything you'd add?

Local Lib Dems call for Council Changes

A Bolton Liberal Democrat motion calling for councillors to attend all future council meetings in medieval attire is set to be debated at the next council meeting on Wednesday 13th April.

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Smithills councillor Roger Hayes explained that his position was influenced by, “the arguments that Marijuana is no more harmful than tobacco and alcohol.”

We stumbled upon this complaint video by YouTuber Ben Night , it couldn't mirror more in song how we feel about the removal of the Manchester to Bolton Night buses by First Manchester. For those who haven't yet signed the petition you can find it here: - video credit to

Just a quick reminder. The Bolton News managed to get the bottom of #CouncilTaxGate hopefully they'll be as successful with #TheGreatPaulNajsarekPayoff. In the meantime we will keep asking the question as well as asking how much the council is spending on legal costs to avoid releasing this information.

Every weekend thousands, of people from Bolton and Salford take the trip into Manchester to enjoy the nightlife. Be it to visit the many bars and restaurants, go to gigs, or simply to visit friends. Many of these rely on the 36 or number 8 Night bus to get them home safely - and cheaply. First Manc…

If you haven't already please sign and share the night bus petition! Thanks to Kev Walsh, our candidate in Harper Green for organising this.

Live in Bromley Cross or Egerton and own an android phone? Why not take the brand new My Bromley Cross app for a test drive? Completely free to download you can report issues such as potholes and fly-tipping with a quick click of the button to take a photo and keep up to date with various events taking place across the area. Go get it now and tell us what you think!

News and views from around Astley Bridge.

Keep up to date with all the going's on in Astley Bridge where Bolton Liberal Democrat candidate Warren Fox is working hard with residents to make a big difference.