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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Osborne expected to announce funding in Wednesday’s budget, aimed at targeting ‘unacceptable’ growth in homelessness

Even the "heartless Tories" are happy to find the money to help combat the rising problem of homelessness. Why can't the so called "caring" Bolton Labour?

A CAMPAIGNER walking from Land's End to John'O Groats has brought his fundraising challenge to Bolton.

So much fantastic work being done by charities and individuals in Bolton. Such a shame that this kindness is not being matched the Bolton Labour led council. We need MORE joined up working. We need MORE help and support for these vulnerable people and that means we need MORE money to help. Give us the £0.5million we asked for to work on the issue!

TOWN hall chiefs considered moving one of the town’s most famous historical landmarks — because it is a trip hazard.

Cllr Roger Hayes, Smithills said: “Smithills Hall is one of Bolton’s most important historical sites and things like the footprint of George Marsh are a big part of that."

Students are doing their bit to help Bolton's homeless

These young people know that we need more support to help prevent homlessness

Around £205,000 is paid out to a handful of councillors every year for 'Special Responsibilities". We'd cut that cost and save YOU money.

Who will you be voting for in May? A party that helps the homeless, or a party that helps themselves?

We asked for £0.5 million to help the homeless and for a reduction in the £205,000 paid our in special responsibility allowances to councillors every year. Labour, Ukip and the Tories all refused So this May will you be voting for a party that fights for funding to help the homeless? or a party that fights to help themselves?

I'm told that the revamped Winifred Kettle no longer has a proper kitchen so ready meals are now brought in. If this is the case then this really is a step backwards. We can do better than this. That's why I'm campaigning for decent health provision in Westhoughton.

I think that Aldi will be good for Westhoughton because it will create new 40 new jobs and provide improved shopping facilities for residents. We want to keep more people in the town, rather than seeing them drive away to elsewhere.

BOLTON has a “serious problem with homelessness” according to two men who were moved on from a town centre site this morning.

During February's budget we asked for £0.5million to help combat homelessness in Bolton. Less than a month later and we have stories like this in the Bolton News. Rough sleeping in the town has risen by 700% in the past 2 years. It IS an issue. it NEEDS to be addressed and Bolton Liberal Democrats are the ONLY party fighting to make sure the support is received.

Theresa May doesn't understand computers but wants to pass an internet surveillance bill; find someone who understands IT and ask them about the dangers of this, you'll find they was never consulted and certainly wouldn't agree with it. If you don't want to be exposed to unwarranted surveillance, have yourself risked from bribery, extortion, have your your family face abductions. Have your personal interests leaked or identity stolen.. share this post. Your data won't be safe, it will be held by Starbucks and Talk Talk, it will be accessible to local councils; and believe me most IT pro's could hack your local council if they thought it was worth it. Also imagine the abuse of power that can and will be taken by those who can legally access that data, and a lot of people will be able to. Those who can see their spouses looking for divorce lawyers, those who have had to escape abusive relationships and don't wish to be found. Spying on YOU won't stop terrorism, it is more likely to increase cyber terrorism. Every terrorist attack has been executed was by someone known to the security forces. So what does this actually do?

Hey @LiamThorpBN Just wondering if you've been receiving our press releases? Sent 2 on homelessness the past couple of weeks

Elizabeth Adams gives a strong and impassioned speech in favour of the UK government legalising cannabis and developing a regulatory framework for sales.

At this weekend's conference the Liberal Democrats voted overwhelmingly in favour of legalising and regulating cannabis. Elizabeth Adams shows in her speech here precisely why we need a change in the law.

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Watch Tim Farron deliver his powerful closing speech from this weekend's lib dem conference.