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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We did something similar in the Council chamber in February where we asked Councillors to choose between helping the homeless and a sauna. Didn't have quite the same result though

A growing Westhoughton youth project has been boosted by a town council grant after it emerged that Bolton Council is cutting youth provision in the town. Westhoughton town councillor David Wilkins…

EDUCATION bosses in Bolton have been told to check that no child wrongly missed out on a place at their chosen school — after the local…

Yet another reason why we need a more open, accountable and transparent Council. The Council needs to be held to account for things like this.

THE identity of the councillor at the centre of Bolton’s town hall tax scandal has finally been revealed following a three-year battle by The…

In what seems to be a merely tokenistic gesture, with it likely the Council leader knowing his identity from the start, the councillor has been 'sacked' from his position as chair of the Corporate and External Issues Scrutiny Committee where he has been receiving an allowance of £5000 on top of his existing £11,000 basic allowance. http://m.theboltonnews.co.uk/news/14373965.REVEALED__Labour_councillor_finally_admits_not_paying_council_tax_after_three_year_battle_to_name_him/



So which parties voted in favour of cutting councillor allowances back in February? Here's a simple checklist.

They made you a promise. Lets see that they keep it.

Bolton Labour made you a promise. We intend to see that they stick to it! Sign the petition and lets make sure it happens

AND so it starts. The flurry of letters from Labour councillors as they attempt to distance themselves from the individual responsible for…

"The people of Bolton deserves a council that is open, honest and accountable. And as we move towards the elections in May its becoming quite clear that there are some councillors across Bolton who only believe in accountability when it suits them."

REVEALED: In tomorrow's Bolton News we name the councillor who failed to pay their council tax. It's the result of our three-year Freedom of Information Request court battle. The council has spent thousands trying to keep it secret. Pick up your copy from the newsagents tomorrow for the full report.

Chalk that up as a win for accountability and transparency.



DID YOU KNOW You can access information on all allowances and expenses your councillors receive over on the Bolton Council website? Here's a complete run down of how much cash your representatives got in the last financial year. If you have any questions, let us know. We'd be happy to ask them on your behalf.

I AM appalled by the actions of Bolton’s controlling Labour group over the member of their group who twice did not pay his council tax until…

"When we finally have the councillor’s identity confirmed there may be other questions that need to be asked; did he hold a position of responsibility (and the additional allowance that goes with it) and was that given to him even though it was known that he was the culprit? "

Hannah, from Farnworth, is a single mum of one who regularly uses the night-bus to get home from work. A Health and Social care student, Hannah spends much of her week studying for her course whilst her daughter is at school and works in a Manchester bar to supplement her income at the weekend, rely…

Read Hannah's story about how cuts to the Night Bus may affect her. We are hopeful that Bolton Labour, Bolton North East Conservatives and UKIP Bolton Branch will support our campaign to keep this service running. Please share this petition on their Facebook walls and lets put pressure on. We need to work together on this one!

Some of our Astley Bridge team have been out door to door talking to residents today. If we didn't manage to say hello and you have any questions or comments, please don't hesitate to get in touch. #Fox4AstleyBridge

BOLTON Council spent more than £800,000 on allowances and expenses for councillors last year.

Bolton’s Liberal Democrat group has repeatedly called on the council to review and lower the amount of allowances paid. The group has also suggested that the total number of councillors should be cut by a third to save money. Do you agree?

Under the leadership of Council leader Clifford Morris the reputation of the Metropolitan Borough of Bolton has been brought into disrepute. Under the opening clause of 'Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Act 2009 - The council must publicize and explain their democratic arrang…

Demanding the resignation of Council Leader Clifford Morris and the non-tax paying Councillor. Please sign and share.