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'More women in cabinet? They can make the tea', says Bolton's first UKIP councillor

This Is Lancashire:

6:00am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

BOLTON’S first UKIP councillor has refused to apologise for posting derogatory comments about women on his Facebook page — despite criticism from his own party and female politicians.

Ironman will bring estimated £2.6 million to Bolton economy

This Is Lancashire: RACING SUCCESS The crowd cheers on this year’s winner Dan Halksworth in Victoria Square on Sunday

3:52pm Friday 18th July 2014

THOUSANDS of visitors are set to boost business in Bolton town centre this weekend.

This weekend's Ironman will be biggest ever - and it will be back next year

This Is Lancashire:

9:56am Friday 18th July 2014

BOLTON is bracing itself for its biggest ever Ironman boost — as organisers announced the massive event will be back next year.

The 'war against the bedroom tax' is being won, say Bolton campaigners

This Is Lancashire: Campaigners against the ‘bedroom tax’ on the steps of the town hall

9:41am Friday 18th July 2014

CAMPAIGNERS from pressure group Bolton Against The Bedroom Tax say they are winning the war against the controversial policy - after senior Liberal Democrats called for it to be axed.

Unemployment in Bolton 'almost at pre-recession levels', claims government

This Is Lancashire: JobCentre move strengthens role of Ealing Hub among ex-offenders

3:05pm Thursday 17th July 2014

UNEMPLOYMENT across Bolton has fallen again to almost pre-recession levels, the government announced yesterday.

New support group to help people foster Muslim children

This Is Lancashire: Muslim Foster Family

12:03pm Wednesday 16th July 2014

A NEW support group to help Muslim foster children will be launched next month, the first of its kind in Bolton.

Bolton vicars celebrate after church allows women to become bishops

This Is Lancashire:

10:02am Wednesday 16th July 2014

VICARS across Bolton are celebrating after the Church of England voted to allow women to become bishops.

50 patients left waiting in ambulances outside A&E for more than an hour - in just one month

This Is Lancashire: Boy hit by car on way to school

9:38am Wednesday 16th July 2014

FIFTY patients were left waiting in ambulances outside the Royal Bolton Hospital’s A&E department for more than an hour during just one month, figures have revealed.

Only two businesses get grants to open shops in Bolton town centre - from 50 applicants

This Is Lancashire: Churchgate in Bolton town centre

10:03am Friday 11th July 2014

ONLY two businesses have taken advantage of a £20,000 grant scheme to open shops in the town centre, it has emerged.

Student's mural depicts history of the deaf in Bolton

This Is Lancashire:

9:34am Thursday 10th July 2014

A DEAF student has made his mark on a wall as part of a revamp of a centre.

Other councils to copy Bolton's union flag and national anthem idea

This Is Lancashire: The Union flag

6:00am Wednesday 9th July 2014

BOLTON’S call for schools to fly the Union Flag looks set to be copied by other councils.

Campaigners plan protest over allegations of police brutality

This Is Lancashire: Coffee time

11:00am Sunday 6th July 2014

CAMPAIGNERS from Bolton will protest outside the Royal Courts of Justice in London over allegations of police brutality.

Hospital bosses travel to Madrid to recruit nurses from Spain and Portugal

This Is Lancashire: The Royal Bolton Hospital

6:00am Wednesday 9th July 2014

HOSPITAL bosses travelled to Madrid to recruit 40 Spanish and Portuguese nurses to work at the Royal Bolton to help a shortage of staff, it has been revealed.

Tory councillor defects in row over who will represent Westhoughton at next election

This Is Lancashire:

8:59am Friday 4th July 2014

A ROW over who should stand in Westhoughton at next year’s local elections has led to a Conservative town councillor becoming and independent.

Council workers to strike next week in row over pay

This Is Lancashire: Unison steward Christine Smith

12:06pm Thursday 3rd July 2014

CARERS, bin men, street cleaners and teaching assistants across Bolton are among thousands of council and school support workers in Bolton set to strike next week.

Crackdown on people who dump rubbish in back streets

This Is Lancashire: Aftermath of the latest fly-tipping in Darwen – this is the back of Primrose Street

11:26am Wednesday 2nd July 2014

RESIDENTS who continually dump rubbish could face automatic enforcement notices telling them to clean up their act, under plans being mooted by councillors.

300 homes could be built in Tonge Moor

This Is Lancashire:

11:18am Wednesday 2nd July 2014

MORE than 300 new homes could be built on a rundown industrial site in Tonge Moor, if plans are approved tomorrow.

Bolton MPs join fight to make hospital a specialist centre

This Is Lancashire: Car parking costs set to rise at the Royal Bolton Hospital

2:53pm Tuesday 1st July 2014

BOLTON’S three MPs have met with hospital chiefs to discuss the Royal Bolton’s bid to become a specialist centre.

Ironkids is fully booked

This Is Lancashire: AND THEY’RE OFF Youngsters run round Bolton Town Hall in this year’s event

1:59pm Monday 30th June 2014

BOLTON’S popular Ironkids event is now fully booked.

Universal credit 'could be beginning of the end' for homeless charity

This Is Lancashire: Sharon Betton

11:56am Monday 30th June 2014

A HOMELESSNESS charity has said the introduction of universal credit could be the beginning of the end of its service — which would leave young people with nowhere to go.

Government has not got universal credit details right, warns Citizens Advice Bureau

This Is Lancashire: Bolton residents could lose £10,000 in benefit cuts

9:52am Monday 30th June 2014

STAFF at Bolton Citizens’ Advice Bureau say they are braced for the introduction of universal credit — but warn the government has not got the details right.

Whistleblower predicts troubled start for new universal credit system

This Is Lancashire: Elizabeth House

9:50am Monday 30th June 2014

A WHISTLEBLOWER inside one of the government’s pilot centres for universal credit has warned how numerous errors will make a smooth introduction of the new system “highly unlikely”.

Backlash as Bolton adopts new 'universal credit' benefits system

This Is Lancashire: JobCentre move strengthens role of Ealing Hub among ex-offenders

8:44am Monday 30th June 2014

JOBSEEKERS in Bolton today become the next to join the government’s benefits system “revolution” — despite a backlash from politicians and charities.

Would-be Wimbledon stars of the future hone their skills in Bolton

This Is Lancashire: Would-be Wimbledon stars of the future hone their skills in Bolton

7:00am Saturday 28th June 2014

CHILDREN across Bromley Cross got into the swing of summer — and Wimbledon — with free tennis lessons at their schools.

Cancelled commuter train WILL call at Westhoughton again - in four months

This Is Lancashire: Westhoughton station

8:00am Friday 27th June 2014

A POPULAR peak hour train WILL stop at Westhoughton again — but commuters will have to wait four months before it is back on the tracks.

Bolton Council bans badger cull - despite no plans for one

This Is Lancashire: It is not known how many badgers are in Bolton

8:00am Friday 27th June 2014

TOWN Hall bosses have voted to protect Bolton’s badgers from a cull — even though one had not been planned.

Badgers and business: Full meeting of Bolton Council round-up

This Is Lancashire: Badger     (6247416)

9:55pm Wednesday 25th June 2014

Councillors vote to recommend a ban on any future badger culls in Bolton at a Town Hall meeting, and discuss a range of business initiatives

Full meeting of Bolton Council

This Is Lancashire: Bolton town hall

5:49pm Wednesday 25th June 2014

Badgers, austerity measures and the worst teeth in the country will be discussed as we bring you live updates from tonight's full council meeting.

Town hall bosses to debate ban on badger cull in Bolton

This Is Lancashire: It is not known how many badgers are in Bolton

7:46am Wednesday 25th June 2014

TOWN Hall bosses will debate banning a badger cull in Bolton — despite there being no plans for one in the borough.

Sex attacks could increase if taxi rules are relaxed, warns police commissioner

This Is Lancashire: Bolton's crime commissioner calls for extra powers so police can investigate mobile phone technology

10:01am Tuesday 24th June 2014

MORE people could be raped or sexually assaulted if plans to cut red tape for private hire drivers are made law, police and crime commissioner Tony Lloyd has warned.

Six-year-old girl writes to council over 'filthy' play area

This Is Lancashire: Courtney Haslam with her letter

9:53am Tuesday 24th June 2014

WHEN little Courtney Haslam found her local playground was full of glass and litter, she decided to take matters into her own hands.

Tributes to 'proud Boltonian' who died in hospital

This Is Lancashire: Frank Waterworth

10:01am Monday 23rd June 2014

A FORMER Astley Bridge councillor described as a “proud Boltonian” by friends has died, aged 87.

£80 million needed to repair all Bolton's roads, claims transport boss

This Is Lancashire: CONCERN Cllr David Chadwick

6:00am Saturday 21st June 2014

AN extra £700,000 to help fix potholes is just a “drop in the ocean” of the £80 million needed to get Bolton’s roads up to scratch, a top transport boss has said.

Bus service loss ‘will isolate us’

This Is Lancashire: Local residents with Cllr Stuart Haslam, left, with Cllr Walter Hall, right, and Cllr Mudasir Dean, second right

12:49pm Friday 20th June 2014

WORRIED residents say the loss of the 480 will leave them and their neighbours isolated.

Takeaway forced to close early 'because late opening is adding to crime'

This Is Lancashire: Spice Hut in Bradshawgate, which has been forced to close early

12:38pm Friday 20th June 2014

A TAKEAWAY will be forced to close early for a fortnight after police complained that its late opening was adding to crime in the town centre.

Bolton Council given £700,000 boost to repair potholes on borough's roads

This Is Lancashire: A pothole in Orchard Road, Darlington

9:55am Friday 20th June 2014

BOLTON will receive more than £700,000 to help fix potholes plaguing the town’s roads.

'Lifeline' bus between Bolton and Bury to be axed

This Is Lancashire: Local residents with Cllr Stuart Haslam, left, with Cllr Walter Hall, right, and Cllr Mudasir Dean, second right

6:00am Friday 20th June 2014

A “LIFELINE” bus service is being scrapped, leaving elderly residents “stranded and isolated”.

Crompton Place bosses in talks with Reel Cinemas over new Bolton town centre multiplex

This Is Lancashire: How the new Crompton Place cinema might look

1:45pm Thursday 19th June 2014

BOSSES at Crompton Place are in talks with Reel Cinemas over the planned 11-screen multiplex in the shopping centre.

Ambulance service cuts 'will put lives at risk' in Bolton

This Is Lancashire: MP Julie Hilling, far right, with campaigners against the plan to cut the ambulance service

10:36am Thursday 19th June 2014

PROPOSED cuts to ambulance cover will put the safety of residents at risk, according to a Bolton MP.

World War One heroes to be remembered at Midsummer Festival

This Is Lancashire:

10:07am Thursday 19th June 2014

BRAVE soldiers will be celebrated and remembered at Bolton Parish Church’s Midsummer Festival.

Takeaway could lose night-time licence for opening too late

This Is Lancashire: The town centre Spice Hut is under scrutiny

6:00am Thursday 19th June 2014

A TOWN centre takeaway could lose its late-night licence for serving pizzas and kebabs past its opening hours.

Police admit 'terrible mistakes' when using stop and search powers

This Is Lancashire: A quarter of stop and searches 'unlawful'

6:00am Wednesday 18th June 2014

TOP police officers have admitted they have made some “terrible mistakes” when using powers to stop and search people suspected of criminal activity.

Bolton Le Mans Motorsport Festival comes to Victoria Square

This Is Lancashire: The Mayor and Mayoress of Bolton, Cllr Martin Donaghy and Gay Wharton, in Victoria Square for the motorsport festival

8:28am Tuesday 17th June 2014

PETROLHEADS descended on Victoria Square to see super cars on show for the fifth annual Bolton Le Mans Motorsport Festival.

Take a stand against domestic violence, says Bishop of Bolton

This Is Lancashire: Bishop of Bolton Chris Edmondson

9:54am Monday 16th June 2014

PEOPLE must take a stand against domestic violence, the Bishop of Bolton, has warned.

Town centre restaurant was forced to close after mice droppings were found on filthy floors

This Is Lancashire: Town centre restaurant was forced to close after mice droppings were found on filthy floors

6:00am Sunday 15th June 2014

A TOWN centre restaurant was forced to shut its kitchen for a week after inspectors found mice droppings on filthy floors.

Just one train an hour from Horwich and Lostock when six-week electrification works start

This Is Lancashire: Passengers getting on a crowded train at Bolton station

8:47am Friday 13th June 2014

COMMUTERS are being warned of major disruption to train services this summer as operators press ahead with plans for electrification.

'Disgraceful': MP has had more complaints about passports in last four weeks than he's had in the previous four years

This Is Lancashire: Stephen Kruup who has had problems getting a passport

6:00am Friday 13th June 2014

HOLIDAY makers have been inundating Bolton MPs with concerns over passport delays.

Mayor of Bolton attends Royal garden party at Buckingham Palace

This Is Lancashire: Mayor of Bolton attends Royal garden party at Buckingham Palace

7:00am Friday 13th June 2014

THE Mayor of Bolton has described attending a garden party at Buckingham Palace as an unforgettable experience.

Funeral for father who died after being dragged 200 metres under a bus

This Is Lancashire: Tragic Delroy Finney

8:00am Wednesday 11th June 2014

The funeral was being held today for a father who died after being dragged under a bus for 200 yards.

Bolton MP's calls for a "freeze" on household bills branded "pie in the sky" by government minister

This Is Lancashire: MP Julie Hilling

12:11pm Tuesday 10th June 2014

BOLTON residents cannot afford another year of the government ignoring the ‘cost of living crisis’, according to Labour MP Julie Hilling.

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