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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Are you a Night Bus user? will you be riding tonight? Tweet us a photo and lets show TfGM that its a service we want a need

The residents of Bolton demand a full and through investigation into the planning process immediately and call on the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government to step in to ensure a full, proper and independent investigation is conducted to help alleviate the concerns of local residen…

Have Bolton Labour forgotten that they promised us a full inquiry into the planning process? Luckily Bolton Liberal Democrats haven't. Please sign and share this petition and lets send them a gentle reminder.

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.

Please read our Chairman's open letter to TfGM and First Bus calling for a full consultation on the Night Bus cuts to take place

BOLTON’S Labour group has rounded on the “arrogant” councillor who is yet to admit failing to pay council tax — despite a court ordering the council to reveal his identity.

Our first question is why are all these Bolton Labour councillors suddenly so ready to condemn one of their own when they have remained silent for two years? Do they really expect people to believe that the party leadership had no hand in trying to keep this under wraps at huge expense to the tax payer?

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An Open Letter to First Manchester and TfGM


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.



Thank you for campaigning against the cancellation of the night bus from manchester to bolton. I personally live in Salford, but it affects me aswell as the people of Bolton. 500 members in one day is great and shows how much people care about it. If only more people knew! I feel like printing off 200 pieces of paper explaining what theyre doing and posting it on every bus stop from Bolton to Manchester, but I don't drive - which is the problem really! Thanks again.

Members of the LGBT community fears it will cut people off as transport into Manchester will become too expensive

"This is going to cut people off - in particular the gay community from Manchester. There isn’t a gay scene in Bolton, the night life is dead, it’s dire, and a lot of people rely on Manchester. I can probably get a taxi but many aren’t that fortunate. The last bus is now before midnight - are you really going to go to Manchester for a couple of hours? What really annoys us is the lack of consultation.”

The work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith has said he is stepping down from his post because of Treasury pressure to make cuts to benefits. Here is his resignation letter to David Cameron in full:

Government in disarray as IDS QUITS over disability cuts. http://www.itv.com/news/2016-03-18/iain-duncan-smiths-resignation-letter-in-full/