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Mayor of Bolton smashes target urging Bolton businesses to employ apprentices

This Is Lancashire: Mayor of Bolton Cllr Martin Donaghy chatting to Seddons apprentice Mitul Pankhania, aged 17.

12:07pm Monday 26th January 2015

THE Mayor of Bolton has smashed his target encouraging the borough’s businesses to employ 50 apprentices during his year in office.

General Election 2015: The Bolton News meets... Cllr Steve Rock (Liberal Democrat)

This Is Lancashire: Cllr. Stephen Rock hands over the chain of office to incoming Town Mayor of Horwich, Cllr Bernard McCartin. Picture: Gary Taylor. 18th May 2006.Tel: 07762 756577From: gt@garytaylor.co.uk (16898738)

9:39am Monday 26th January 2015

WITH the general election just four months away, The Bolton News is running a series of features with candidates vying for your vote. Here, political reporter Elaine O'Flynn speaks to Lib Dem candidate for Bolton North East Steve Rock.

Calls to open GP surgery at Royal Bolton Hospital rejected

This Is Lancashire: Royal Bolton Hospital

6:02am Sunday 25th January 2015

A TOP doctor has rejected calls by the leader of Bolton Council for a GP surgery to open in the A&E department of the Royal Bolton Hospital.

UKIP MEP defects to the Conservatives less than 24 hours after he was due to attend Farage fundraiser in Horwich

This Is Lancashire: Bradford businessman Amjad Bashir, UKIP’s first Asian MEP

10:37pm Saturday 24th January 2015

A UKIP MEP has announced he has defected to the Conservatives - less than 24 hours after he was set to attend a party fundraiser in Horwich.

UKIP leader Nigel Farage's message to Bolton: 'We're coming for Labour'

This Is Lancashire: GAINING GROUND: A leaked Labour Party document has been sent to North-East MP's whose seats are thought to be most at risk from Nigel Farage's Ukip party

1:48pm Saturday 24th January 2015

NIGEL Farage says he believes his party's 'basic patriotic message' will tear traditional Labour supporters away to UKIP ahead of this May's general election.

Protesters clash as UKIP leader Nigel Farage visits Bolton

This Is Lancashire: Nigel Farage at the DeVere White Hotel, Middlebrook. Photo by Karen Hope, Friday January 23 2014, (16856122)

7:56pm Friday 23rd January 2015

UKIP leader Nigel Farage met business leaders in Bolton tonight.

General Election 2015: The Bolton News meets... Laura Diggle (Green Party)

This Is Lancashire: The Green Party candidate for Bolton North East Laura Diggle (photo courtesy of Paul Diggle)

11:20am Thursday 22nd January 2015

WITH the general election just four months away, The Bolton News is running a series of features with candidates vying for your vote. Here, political reporter Elaine O'Flynn speaks to the Green candidate for Bolton North East Laura Diggle.

General Election 2015: The Bolton News meets.... Harry Lamb (UKIP)

This Is Lancashire: STANDING: Harry Lamb, UKIP parliamentary candidate for Bolton North East

12:59pm Wednesday 21st January 2015

WITH the general election just four months away, The Bolton News is running a series of features with candidates vying for your vote. Here, political reporter Elaine O'Flynn speaks to UKIP candidate for Bolton North East Harry Lamb.

Top Bolton Council job up for grabs with £160,000-a-year salary

This Is Lancashire: ON THE MOVE: Chief executive of Bolton Council Sean Harriss

2:50pm Tuesday 20th January 2015

THE top job at Bolton is up for grabs with a £160,000 salary.

Wife of Falklands war hero to visit island where he died, 32 years on

This Is Lancashire: GIFT: Jean Stroud-Mort

12:29pm Tuesday 20th January 2015

THE wife of a sailor killed in the Falklands War is preparing to make an emotional trip to the island where he died serving his country.

General Election 2015: The Bolton News meets... Cllr James Daly (Conservative)

This Is Lancashire: RIDE: James Daly is cycling from Bolton Town Hall to Downing Street in March

11:46am Tuesday 20th January 2015

WITH the general election just four months away, The Bolton News is running a series of features with candidates vying for your vote. Here, political reporter Elaine O'Flynn speaks to Tory candidate for Bolton North East James Daly.

General Election 2015: The Bolton News meets... David Crausby MP (Labour)

This Is Lancashire: David Crausby MP at Bolton Hospice, Chorley New Road, Bolton. David Crausby MP wants the limits on lottery proceeds to be lifted so that hospices can raise more money for themselves.
Photo by Gus Sivyer, Newsquest (Bolton) Ltd., Friday June 06, 2008.  (13

9:51am Tuesday 20th January 2015

WITH the general election just four months away, The Bolton News is running a series of features with candidates vying for your vote. Here, political reporter Elaine O'Flynn speaks to current Bolton North East MP David Crausby.

Bolton Council to open white goods shop to stop people resorting to payday lenders

This Is Lancashire: STORE: Artists impression of The Shop At The Square

4:20pm Monday 19th January 2015

A NEW furniture and white goods shop will be opened by Bolton Council in the heart of the town centre.

Asking primary school kids about lesbian sex and transgender issues 'is appalling'

This Is Lancashire: UKIP Euro MP Paul Nuttall

9:34am Monday 19th January 2015

A NORTH West MEP says he was "horrified" to read that Ofsted inspectors were asking primary school children "about lesbian sex and transsexuality".

Westhoughton house allowed to stay despite being a metre too big

This Is Lancashire:

9:34am Monday 19th January 2015

A HOUSE built one metre too wide has been allowed to stay in place.

Smithills restaurant has to pay for yellow lines - but can open later

This Is Lancashire: Cafe Italia, Doffcocker, Bolton. Photo by Nigel Taggart, Newsquest Ltd, Sunday January 18, 2015 (16401007)

8:43am Monday 19th January 2015

AN Italian restaurant can now open later and create a function room on its first floor — so long as they paint yellow lines outside their eatery.

More elderly people and lack of investment to blame for A&E crisis, say bosses

This Is Lancashire: Royal Bolton Hospital accident and emergency department

6:01am Monday 19th January 2015

HOSPITAL bosses have spoken of their desperate struggle to cope with the A&E crisis.

Bolton Council planning meeting

This Is Lancashire: General view of Bolton Town Hall. Photo by Matt Simmonds, Newsquest Bolton, Wednesday May 2, 2012. (12370404)

1:04pm Thursday 15th January 2015

A RETIREMENT village to be built on Harwood tennis courts, redevelopment of Burnthwaite, problems with a Halliwell shop's sign and a Smithills cookery school are all on the agenda at today's planning meeting.

More carriages on Bolton trains - but they'll be 'older and more unreliable'

This Is Lancashire: A First Transpennine Express train

6:02am Thursday 15th January 2015

MORE carriages will be put on trains running through Bolton — after a deal was struck between the government and rail operators to combat overcrowding.

UKIP leader Nigel Farage to visit Bolton

This Is Lancashire: UKIP Leader Nigel Farage

6:02am Thursday 15th January 2015

LEADER of UKIP Nigel Farage will come to Bolton next week to explain why he thinks Britain should leave the European Union.

General Election 2015: The Bolton News meets... Andrew Martin (Liberal Democrat)

This Is Lancashire: Annual Speed Rating Event for Bolton Cllrs, Bolton Town Hall.Hoping to give the right answers is Counc, Andrew Martin.
Images by Steve Holt, Bolton News, Thursday November 6 2014. (12479099)

11:59am Wednesday 14th January 2015

BOLTON’S youngest councillor is in the running to become the newest face to join the Houses of Parliament.

What a Balls-up: Labour get maths wrong in Ed Balls gala dinner letter

This Is Lancashire: GAFFE: The letter sent out by Labour

8:27am Wednesday 14th January 2015

LABOUR chiefs have defended a "Balls-up" in hundreds of letters sent to businesses in Bolton — after getting their sums wrong on ticket prices for a meet-and-greet with the shadow chancellor.

General Election 2015: The Bolton News meets... Bob Horsefield (UKIP)

This Is Lancashire: Bob Horsefield of UKIP asks a question.
A Public meeting was held at St Johns Church Hall, Victoria Road, Horwich to discuss controversial plans for a new town of 1700 homes on the former loco works site. Photo by Nigel Taggart, Newsquest (Bolton) Ltd., T

11:44am Tuesday 13th January 2015

THE UKIP candidate for Bolton West accepts he faces a tough fight if he is successful in May.

Green Party 'can't afford to stand candidate in Bolton West'

This Is Lancashire:

4:09pm Monday 12th January 2015

THE Green Party has announced it will not stand a candidate in Bolton West.

Labour row as MP tells council to 'get its act together' over A&E crisis

This Is Lancashire: David Crausby MP at Bolton Hospice, Chorley New Road, Bolton. David Crausby MP wants the limits on lottery proceeds to be lifted so that hospices can raise more money for themselves.
Photo by Gus Sivyer, Newsquest (Bolton) Ltd., Friday June 06, 2008.  (13

3:47pm Monday 12th January 2015

THE political row has deepened within the Labour party over the winter crisis at the Royal Bolton Hospital — after one of the town’s MPs called on the council to “get its act together”.

General Election 2015: The Bolton News meets... Chris Green (Conservative)

This Is Lancashire: Conservative mobile banner pictured in Bolton Town Centre with Chris Green, PPC for Bolton West.
Images by Steve Holt, Bolton News, Friday January 2 2015. (15447615)

11:22am Monday 12th January 2015

A RECOVERING economy, more jobs and apprenticeships being created and a fairer benefits system are the aims of Chris Green.

General Election 2015: The Bolton News meets... Labour Bolton West MP Julie Hilling

This Is Lancashire: Shirley and Mike Anderson, the parents of Jade Anderson the 14 year old school girl who was mauled to death by dogs whilst visiting a friendÄôs home in March, in Westminster today where they met with their MP Julie Hilling (left) and also spoke with DEF

8:03pm Sunday 11th January 2015

WITH the general election just four months away, The Bolton News is running a series of features with candidates vying for your vote.

Rally against Greater Manchester mayor to be held on Bolton Town Hall steps

This Is Lancashire:

10:12am Thursday 8th January 2015

CAMPAIGNERS will hold a rally on the steps of Bolton Town Hall to demand a referendum on the devolution package for Greater Manchester.

Farnworth character and aspiring politician Phil Tickle dies, aged 40

This Is Lancashire: Phil Tickle of Farnworth

6:02am Thursday 8th January 2015

A MUCH-LOVED Farnworth character has died, aged 40.

'Major incident' at Royal Bolton downgraded - but doctors still battling to cope with overcrowded A&E

This Is Lancashire: Royal Bolton Hospital accident and emergency department

9:17am Wednesday 7th January 2015

HEALTH bosses have downgraded the 'major incident' alert at the Royal Bolton Hospital.

'Major incident' declared at Royal Bolton Hospital as A&E crisis deepens

This Is Lancashire: Royal Bolton Hospital A&E

4:29pm Tuesday 6th January 2015

A “MAJOR incident” has been declared at the Royal Bolton Hospital as its A&E reaches breaking point.

Battlelines drawn in Bolton for General Election in May 2015

This Is Lancashire: David Crausby MP (12261137)

2:11pm Tuesday 6th January 2015

THE battlelines have been drawn for this year’s General Election.

Newport Street plans 'look like Balamory'

This Is Lancashire: Paul Richardson, left and Danny Banks of Cigtronica in Newport Street

10:25am Tuesday 6th January 2015

A £3 MILLION scheme to paint Bolton's logo colours onto shop fronts will turn Newport street into 'Balamory and 'Toy Town'', shoppers claim.

£3 million plan to revamp Newport Street and paint it Bolton's 'brand colours'

This Is Lancashire: An artist's impression of how Newport Street could look

8:33am Monday 5th January 2015

'BRAND Bolton' will be splashed across shops in a town centre street under bold new plans costing up to £3 million to turn it into a ‘European style boulevard’.

Labour, Tories, Lib Dems and UKIP offer a New Year's message to Bolton residents

This Is Lancashire: Cllr Cliff Morris

9:02am Thursday 1st January 2015

Leaders of Bolton's political parties share their messages for the new year.

Patients evacuated and wards deep-cleaned after superbug outbreak at Royal Bolton Hospital

This Is Lancashire: Royal Bolton Hospital accident and emergency department

6:03am Thursday 1st January 2015

TWO wards at the Royal Bolton had to be evacuated and deep-cleaned as the hospital battled another new superbug.

Have social care cuts resulted in more people in hospital?

This Is Lancashire: Royal Bolton Hospital A&E

2:12pm Wednesday 31st December 2014

HEALTH bosses and politicians have responded to claims from a Bolton MP that cuts in social care are leading to more people ending up in accident and emergency at the Royal Bolton Hospital.

Bolton A&E in crisis as patients forced to wait 11 hours for beds

This Is Lancashire: Royal Bolton Hospital Accident and Emergency Department

6:02am Wednesday 31st December 2014

PATIENTS have been forced to wait more than 11 hours as the Royal Bolton Hospital's accident and emergency department reaches crisis point.

Roads to be closed as 4,000 expected to celebrate prophet Muhammad's birthday in Bolton

This Is Lancashire: Walkers at  the Makkah Mosque in Great Lever at the start of the walk

2:39pm Tuesday 30th December 2014

THOUSANDS of people are expected to mark the birthday of the prophet Muhammad with a celebration walk this Sunday.

UPDATED: Two pensioners robbed and attacked in their own homes

This Is Lancashire:

12:35pm Monday 29th December 2014

TWO pensioners were attacked in their own homes over Christmas — in separate robberies thought to have been carried out by the same man.

New Year messages from Bolton's three MPs

This Is Lancashire: David Crausby MP (12261137)

11:20am Monday 29th December 2014

AS 2014 draws to a close, Bolton's three MPs have written New Year's messages to readers of The Bolton News.

Troubled Royal Bolton Hospital 'on the mend', say health watchdog

This Is Lancashire: Royal Bolton Hospital.  (12184873)

6:02am Wednesday 24th December 2014

HEALTH bosses said news that the Royal Bolton Hospital is on the road to recovery is a fantastic Christmas present for patients and staff.

Bolton and Wigan councils in talks to share bin collection and street cleaning duties

This Is Lancashire: General view of Bolton Town Hall. Photo by Matt Simmonds, Newsquest Bolton, Wednesday May 2, 2012. (12370404)

6:02am Tuesday 23rd December 2014

BOLTON and Wigan councils have begun negotiations to determine if they can share street cleaning and bin collection duties.

Bolton Council planning meeting

This Is Lancashire:

1:37pm Thursday 18th December 2014

STUDENT accommodation, a pet crematorium, a new Sainsbury's in Bromley Cross and changes to a historic pub are all on the agenda at today's planning meeting.

Plan to make extra 61,000 appointments at Bolton's 50 GP surgeries

This Is Lancashire: More GP appointments should soon be available for patients in Bolton

6:02am Thursday 18th December 2014

AN extra 61,000 appointments look set to be created at GP surgeries across Bolton under innovative new plans.

Operating theatre floor at risk of collapse at Royal Bolton Hospital, report reveals

This Is Lancashire:

6:01am Saturday 13th December 2014

THE floor of an operating theatre at the Royal Bolton Hospital is at risk of collapse, hospital bosses have warned.

VIDEO: Man caught on CCTV 'kicking dog in face'

This Is Lancashire:

2:30pm Wednesday 10th December 2014

A BOLTON man has been caught on CCTV apparently kicking a dog in the face.

Why are people turning to food banks to feed their families?

This Is Lancashire: Cllr Kate Lewis

12:17pm Wednesday 10th December 2014

ANTI-POVERTY campaigners in Bolton have welcomed an inquiry into the rise in people turning to food banks to feed their families.

Major reform of region's hospitals is 'too confusing'

This Is Lancashire: Dr Wirin Bhatiani

9:10am Wednesday 10th December 2014

A TOP doctor has admitted the NHS could have done a better job in explaining the ‘confusing’ Healthier Together proposals.

'Unacceptable' rise in rail fares for Bolton commuters in new year

This Is Lancashire: ROLLING STOCK: A Northern Rail Pacer at Darlington railway station. Picture: ANDY LAMB

10:31am Friday 5th December 2014

RAIL fares are set to increase for commuters across Bolton in the new year.

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