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 are becoming a society in which censorship is the new normal."

What do you think? Should we ban those people who hold views that many deem offensive from airing them? Or should we let them air those views and take the opportunity to dismantle their arguments?

You couldn't make this up - the Labour-run Welsh Government has blocked the Welsh Lib Dem website. Are they... https://t.co/4CGEE7KCPs

Filter put site in same category as hard core porn and refused access because word sex mentioned 18 times in conference programme

You couldn't make this up - the Labour-run Welsh Government has blocked the Welsh Lib Dem website. Are they really this authoritarian or just incompetent?

Bolton Liberal Democrats respond to recent concerns regarding postal voting in Crompton by-election. Follow link... https://t.co/MnpBoXSEzq

Whilst Bolton Liberal Democrats echo calls by the Bolton Tory Chief for an investigation into the highly unusual increase in the postal voter late-list, we would like to express our disappointment at Cllr Greenhalgh and Cllr Thomas for using our Bolton Asian community as a political football.

Bolton Liberal Democrats respond to recent concerns regarding postal voting in Crompton by-election. Follow link to read the full statement.

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Lib Dems respond to Tory postal vote concerns


Whilst Bolton Liberal Democrats echo calls by the Bolton Tory Chief for an investigation into the highly unusual increase in the postal voter late-list, we would like to express our disappointment at Cllr Greenhalgh and Cllr Thomas for using our Bolton Asian community as a political football.

PRESS RELEASE Bolton Liberal Democrats welcome the recent announcement to live stream council meetings but have... https://t.co/ndKg25PAXp

We, the people of Bolton, feel that major decisions affecting the town we love so much are being made all too often behind closed doors. There often seems to be little opportunity for public scrutiny and major questions that the public have remain unanswered, whilst the Council Executive Cabinet hid…

PRESS RELEASE Bolton Liberal Democrats welcome the recent announcement to live stream council meetings but have put in a motion to the next council meeting asking for the council to go further still, as the party pushes for a more open, honest and accountable council. The motion calls on Bolton council to “agree in principle that live streaming should be available for all future Council Meetings as well as meetings of the Cabinet and the Planning Committee" and asks "that the press and public should be allowed access to all meetings where non confidential formal decisions of this Council are taken, including future meetings of the Constitutional Panel and of Executive Cabinet Members" Bolton Lib Dem leader and proposer of the motion, Cllr Roger Hayes, explains "So many decisions recently being taken by the Bolton Labour Council seem designed to keep the public and press in the dark over matters of serious concern to residents of all areas of Bolton. They refuse to answer questions as to how much the last Chief Executive was paid when he left after just five months in the role. They refuse to reveal the identity of the Labour councillor who failed to pay their council tax. They refuse to consult with the people of Bolton on proposals such as the recent Newport Street refurbishment or the controversial Cheadle Square venture. And most recently they have proposed to reduce the number of Area Forums each year from two per year to just one - meaning residents have even fewer opportunities to hold their councillors accountable." "We feel this motion paves the way for a more open, honest and accountable council. A live stream of all meetings will allow members of the public to see and hear first hand how their elected representatives are fulfilling their roles, and the opening up of more meetings to the public will allow for greater scrutiny." Garry Veevers, the Liberal Democrat candidate for Crompton in the upcoming by-election, echoes the leader and adds "For many residents it feels like too many decisions are being taken from behind closed doors and it's time the people of Bolton had more of an opportunity to know first hand what is going on. If elected I will of course be voting in favour of this motion, but I would hope that councillors throughout the town would back these proposals. I urge residents to write to their local councillors asking them to vote in favour of this at the next council meeting and show their public support by signing our petition." Residents can read the proposed motion in full and show their support by signing the petition by visiting (https://www.change.org/p/campaign-for-an-open-honest-and-accountable-council).

The best kind of politics is done by real people in the streets up and down the country, in living rooms, in community centres; where people live their everyday lives. You don’t just turn up every four years asking for a vote. Liberal Democrats immerse ourselves in the community we’re part of. Our job is to make a difference. That’s why we’re involved in politics in the first place. In our latest Party Political Broadcast we asked Liberal Democrat campaigners about why their community matters to them. Watch the video and join our community www.libdems.org.uk/join-today

Appeal Court judges rule so-called bedroom tax is discriminatory in two cases brought against UK government

Interesting to hear. Hopefully this will lead to a rethink in the 'bedroom tax'.

Complete the Smithills Estate online survey and let The Woodland Trust know your thoughts. https://t.co/wrnMxlyauB

I am working with The Woodland Trust to find out what the people of Bolton think of the Smithills Estate. The Woodland Trust are managing a large part of the estate and want to make it more accessible to more people. We have an online questionnaire we would like you to complete. Please spread the word as the more opinions we have the better it will be. Thank you! Here's the link...

Complete the Smithills Estate online survey and let The Woodland Trust know your thoughts.

Bolton Labour council continue to erode away your last remaining opportunities to hold them accountable by... https://t.co/8H3TSAUbZI

Area forums to meet just once a year under new cost-cutting measures http://dlvr.it/KJjD91

Bolton Labour council continue to erode away your last remaining opportunities to hold them accountable by cutting area-forum meetings to just one a year! They won't tell you if they paid off the last council chief executive; they won't tell you the name of the councillor who failed to pay their council tax; they won't consult on decisions affecting you; and NOW they won't let you ask any questions in public. Time to vote Liberal Democrat and #TakeBackOurTown

The news comes following Cllr Roger Hayes' meeting with The Chief Executive to discuss the concerns of Bolton... https://t.co/BK7OjKEuEn



The news comes following Cllr Roger Hayes' meeting with The Chief Executive to discuss the concerns of Bolton Liberal Democrats. http://www.theboltonnews.co.uk/news/14224921._Big_Brother__ID_checks_for_meetings_axed/