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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In coalition we fought against free-schools and academies (brought in by the previous Labour government) as we foresaw massive issues with funding in the future. Now those issues are becoming a reality.

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We have long been passionate activists on Youth Issues which is why it's so good to see Jane Brophy for Mayor of Greater Manchester meet with the superb Bolton based youth charity Xplode to talk about issues currently affecting young people across Greater Manchester. Find out more about this great team of young adults at

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Labour has decided to pay 23 of the 37 Labour Councillors (63% of their Group) an SRA at an annual cost of £162,313.

Thanks to Liberal Democrat Catherine Bearder MEP the EU is set to ban raw ivory exports from 1 July! Catherine said: ''We will not protect elephants until everyone knows that you cannot trade in ivory''

Thanks to the efforts of Lib Dem Catherine Bearder MEP, ivory exports across the EU are set to be banned from 1 July!

The Communities and Local Government Committee launches inquiry into overview and scrutiny in local government

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What do you think of the reason she's given for making the disparaging remark?

It won't be the first time a Labour Councillor has been disrespectful of people in the gallery

Cllr Morris SRA update. Following our post regarding SRAs we have been informed by Cllr Guy Harkin that Cllr Morris will NOT be receiving the GM pension fund SRA due to receiving an already substantial SRA of £30,377.04 for being leader of the council. The Bolton Liberal Democrats believe in open, honest and transparent governance and hope all our future questions are answered as quickly and concisely as this one. Anyone looking for information regarding Cllr allowances and expenses can find details here

Thanks to Liberal Democrat campaigning against puppy farming, strict new rules are about to be introduced.

Thanks to Liberal Democrat campaigning against puppy farming, strict new rules are about to be introduced! Surely that's worth a like?

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Public Consultation! Have your say on Euro Garages proposals for a drive-thru coffee shop on Blackburn Rd. The Oaks School - 5-8pm Tuesday 28th.

Anyone in the Astley Bridge / Eagley area? This consultation may be of interest to you.

Your Eagle eyed Lib Dem team have been going through the video from Wednesdays Council meeting and spotted something that gave us cause for concern. Inbetween the budget amendments and GMSF framework there was a reshuffle of many of the cabinet and panel positions. Amongst them, buried in the detail, was the replacement of Cllr Mike Francis as Bolton rep to the Greater Manchester Pension fund to be replaced by none other than Council Leader Cliff Morris. The representative on the Pension Fund gains an additional £1,352 in allowances. Did Cllr Morris give himself a pay rise? Or will be unable to claim for this due to receiving an already substantial SRA as leader? We'll be looking to find out more in the coming weeks.

Wow! What a Thursday Night! UKIP's divisive policies rejected in Stoke. Labour's dire opposition rejected in Copeland. Whilst closer to home Both UKIP and Labour were roundly rejected in Westhoughton. In Wingates, Bernadette Eckersley-Fallon was elected as town councillor with a very comfortable 53% share of the vote pushing Labour into third place with just 17% of the votes. In Daisy Hill, Rebekah Fairhurst stood her group against some of the most vile personal attacks ever to grace a town council election to gain over 56% of the vote. Meanwhile, residents roundly rejected Labour - who's candidate, also a councillor on Bolton Council, failed to get much more than 12%. Very well done to all involved.

Bolton Council is sitting on reserves of £204 MILLION pounds. We thiink that money should be helping the people of Bolton and rebuilding our economy not sitting in the bank. The Lib Dem team have listened to what you have had to say over the last 12 months and have been working hard to plan out a sensible spending strategy for the next 12 months. As always we want to hear from you, please send us your thoughts. - - Play for Kids; Not Playstations for Solicitors. - -