Labour predicted to hold on to crucial Bolton West seat at next election

Labour predicted to hold on to crucial Bolton West seat at next election

Bolton West MP Julie Hilling

Conservative candidate Chris Green

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EARLY polls in the crucial Bolton West constituency ahead of next year’s general election predict Labour will hold the seat.

There were just 92 votes between Labour and the Tories in 2010 — with the two parties practically tied on 38 per cent — but the latest figures show current MP Julie Hilling taking 40 per cent with the Conservatives’ Chris Green polling 30 per cent.

The latest polls, in which 1,000 people were interviewed, show UKIP support rocket to 22 per cent, compared with four per cent in 2010, while the Liberal Democrats plummet from 17.2 per cent to just six per cent.

Bolton West will be a key battleground for the Conservatives and Labour over the coming months, and Tory candidate Mr Green dismissed the latest figures.

He said: “It is only a snapshot, it is not a prediction for the future.

“The people of Bolton West will now start looking a lot more closely at their candidates and as we get closed to the election that is the important thing.”

He said he was campaigning on a number of issues, including making sure Bolton West has the right transport links, enough school places, medical facilities and playing fields to support the population, especially given the proposed £260 million redevelopment of the Horwich Loco Works.

He added: “It is very important for me that the people of Bolton West are supported fully by their council, something which I do not think Bolton’s Labour Council does, especially with a council tax rise of 1.9 per cent.

“I want these hardworking taxpayers to know I am there for them and over the next nine months, I intend to earn their votes.”

Current MP for Bolton West Ms Hilling welcomed the polls but said she would not be taking anything for granted.

She said: “I think voters across Bolton West are feeling the pinch and many of them are facing a cost of living crisis.

“We’ve been very clear with how we want to build the economy if we are fortunate enough to be in government, including supporting small and medium businesses, reducing business rates, increasing the minimum wage and support companies who are paying the living wage.

“I would ask voters in Bolton to look at what I’m delivering as their MP on a daily basis in parliament and in the constituency, and to recognise that I am an MP very much on their side and keen to make sure that we make life better for people living in this community.”

UKIP and the Liberal Democrats have yet to announce their candidates for Bolton West.

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9:15am Thu 28 Aug 14

Ernagy2 says...

Conservative candidate shows that he is out of his depth. No real appreciation of local issues. Conservatives will lose this one. Mr Green has to start criticising the council more if he is to stand any chance of winning the seat.
Conservative candidate shows that he is out of his depth. No real appreciation of local issues. Conservatives will lose this one. Mr Green has to start criticising the council more if he is to stand any chance of winning the seat. Ernagy2
  • Score: 16

9:42am Thu 28 Aug 14

Terry McC says...

The average salary of the residents of Bolton is a little over £23,000 so it is not surprising that most people here think that capping benefits is a good idea – but consider £26,000 as generous. Immigration is no doubt great for the wealthy who enjoy a discount on their au-pair, plumber and restaurant, but it is not so good for the worker who sees his pay undercut by foreign competition. Moving net immigration towards the level of the 1980s is a positive move, but even having a net immigration of zero would still mean 350,000 migrants settling in Britain every year ( quote from Chris Green) this average salary always gets me try using the average people then you might win a few votes they just dont get it at all its not mainly foreign competition that is under cutting wages it is immigration low paid jobs people who will work for peanuts and undercut all the British people have fought and worked for for hundreds of years to acheave a decent wage for a decent days work
The average salary of the residents of Bolton is a little over £23,000 so it is not surprising that most people here think that capping benefits is a good idea – but consider £26,000 as generous. Immigration is no doubt great for the wealthy who enjoy a discount on their au-pair, plumber and restaurant, but it is not so good for the worker who sees his pay undercut by foreign competition. Moving net immigration towards the level of the 1980s is a positive move, but even having a net immigration of zero would still mean 350,000 migrants settling in Britain every year ( quote from Chris Green) this average salary always gets me try using the average people then you might win a few votes they just dont get it at all its not mainly foreign competition that is under cutting wages it is immigration low paid jobs people who will work for peanuts and undercut all the British people have fought and worked for for hundreds of years to acheave a decent wage for a decent days work Terry McC
  • Score: 7

9:51am Thu 28 Aug 14

ALLAH'S-ALEHOUSE says...

Well said Terry McC :-)
Well said Terry McC :-) ALLAH'S-ALEHOUSE
  • Score: -6

10:07am Thu 28 Aug 14

Ernagy2 says...

Terry McC wrote:
The average salary of the residents of Bolton is a little over £23,000 so it is not surprising that most people here think that capping benefits is a good idea – but consider £26,000 as generous. Immigration is no doubt great for the wealthy who enjoy a discount on their au-pair, plumber and restaurant, but it is not so good for the worker who sees his pay undercut by foreign competition. Moving net immigration towards the level of the 1980s is a positive move, but even having a net immigration of zero would still mean 350,000 migrants settling in Britain every year ( quote from Chris Green) this average salary always gets me try using the average people then you might win a few votes they just dont get it at all its not mainly foreign competition that is under cutting wages it is immigration low paid jobs people who will work for peanuts and undercut all the British people have fought and worked for for hundreds of years to acheave a decent wage for a decent days work
Oh they do get it. They want people to work their way to poverty. No party is prepared to take on the excessive salaries of chief execs that would lower wage bills and give a decent wage to the employers workforce
[quote][p][bold]Terry McC[/bold] wrote: The average salary of the residents of Bolton is a little over £23,000 so it is not surprising that most people here think that capping benefits is a good idea – but consider £26,000 as generous. Immigration is no doubt great for the wealthy who enjoy a discount on their au-pair, plumber and restaurant, but it is not so good for the worker who sees his pay undercut by foreign competition. Moving net immigration towards the level of the 1980s is a positive move, but even having a net immigration of zero would still mean 350,000 migrants settling in Britain every year ( quote from Chris Green) this average salary always gets me try using the average people then you might win a few votes they just dont get it at all its not mainly foreign competition that is under cutting wages it is immigration low paid jobs people who will work for peanuts and undercut all the British people have fought and worked for for hundreds of years to acheave a decent wage for a decent days work[/p][/quote]Oh they do get it. They want people to work their way to poverty. No party is prepared to take on the excessive salaries of chief execs that would lower wage bills and give a decent wage to the employers workforce Ernagy2
  • Score: 9

10:32am Thu 28 Aug 14

heaton watcher says...

Julie Hilling is a very good local MP and helped me when I needed it. Hope she gets back in.
Julie Hilling is a very good local MP and helped me when I needed it. Hope she gets back in. heaton watcher
  • Score: -20

10:47am Thu 28 Aug 14

thomas222 says...

Really!! The tip of the Labour Party and Labour led Councils culture of denial regarding the safety of our Children in our Towns may just put paid to that idea Brothers and Sisters.

Rotherham has just given UKIP a license to Win!
Really!! The tip of the Labour Party and Labour led Councils culture of denial regarding the safety of our Children in our Towns may just put paid to that idea Brothers and Sisters. Rotherham has just given UKIP a license to Win! thomas222
  • Score: -9

10:49am Thu 28 Aug 14

itsnotthatbad says...

Labour and their values have destroyed this place! get rid and i'm ashamed to say it but perhaps we are better off with tories....
Labour and their values have destroyed this place! get rid and i'm ashamed to say it but perhaps we are better off with tories.... itsnotthatbad
  • Score: 20

11:30am Thu 28 Aug 14

Hong Kong Fui says...

With a 93 Majority Julie Hillings has a battle on her hands so don’t anyone think it’s a done deal.

She has done very little to use her influence in Horwich and Westhoughton whilst the Labour led Bolton Council has neglected these two towns... She has been placed on notice and no doubt will come up with all the farcical promises all politicians come up with prior to an election!

Personally, I’d rather vote for a taxidermied goat than any main stream political party... has anyone got one?
With a 93 Majority Julie Hillings has a battle on her hands so don’t anyone think it’s a done deal. She has done very little to use her influence in Horwich and Westhoughton whilst the Labour led Bolton Council has neglected these two towns... She has been placed on notice and no doubt will come up with all the farcical promises all politicians come up with prior to an election! Personally, I’d rather vote for a taxidermied goat than any main stream political party... has anyone got one? Hong Kong Fui
  • Score: 8

11:31am Thu 28 Aug 14

Tim Burr says...

thomas222 wrote:
Really!! The tip of the Labour Party and Labour led Councils culture of denial regarding the safety of our Children in our Towns may just put paid to that idea Brothers and Sisters.

Rotherham has just given UKIP a license to Win!
Wait until the nonces of UKIP are exposed, then crow.
[quote][p][bold]thomas222[/bold] wrote: Really!! The tip of the Labour Party and Labour led Councils culture of denial regarding the safety of our Children in our Towns may just put paid to that idea Brothers and Sisters. Rotherham has just given UKIP a license to Win![/p][/quote]Wait until the nonces of UKIP are exposed, then crow. Tim Burr
  • Score: 14

11:37am Thu 28 Aug 14

Tim Burr says...

UKIP votes will guarantee a win for Julie. Chris Green, nice enough fella, comes over as a bit smug, but he is clueless.
UKIP votes will guarantee a win for Julie. Chris Green, nice enough fella, comes over as a bit smug, but he is clueless. Tim Burr
  • Score: 17

12:05pm Thu 28 Aug 14

thomas222 says...

Tim Burr wrote:
thomas222 wrote:
Really!! The tip of the Labour Party and Labour led Councils culture of denial regarding the safety of our Children in our Towns may just put paid to that idea Brothers and Sisters.

Rotherham has just given UKIP a license to Win!
Wait until the nonces of UKIP are exposed, then crow.
Name one i can name many Labour Nonces you only have to look at www.labur25.com
[quote][p][bold]Tim Burr[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]thomas222[/bold] wrote: Really!! The tip of the Labour Party and Labour led Councils culture of denial regarding the safety of our Children in our Towns may just put paid to that idea Brothers and Sisters. Rotherham has just given UKIP a license to Win![/p][/quote]Wait until the nonces of UKIP are exposed, then crow.[/p][/quote]Name one i can name many Labour Nonces you only have to look at www.labur25.com thomas222
  • Score: 1

4:22pm Thu 28 Aug 14

Thatissowrong says...

A lousy MP. Hasn't responded to any emails to her office requesting her advice and support with an issue I have with Bolton council.
A lousy MP. Hasn't responded to any emails to her office requesting her advice and support with an issue I have with Bolton council. Thatissowrong
  • Score: 5

6:02pm Thu 28 Aug 14

keggard says...

The sooner this town votes out labour the better our town is like a 3rd world dumping ground there's ghettos everywhere and I and many more have had enough
The sooner this town votes out labour the better our town is like a 3rd world dumping ground there's ghettos everywhere and I and many more have had enough keggard
  • Score: 10

6:22pm Thu 28 Aug 14

thomas222 says...

Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive....... Its all gone t... s up Brothers and Sisters.
Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive....... Its all gone t... s up Brothers and Sisters. thomas222
  • Score: 4

10:42pm Thu 28 Aug 14

Reality50 says...

Qureshi is the most likely of the three to lose her seat. A lot of white Labour voters in Bolton SE are unhappy with her and with UKIP winning Little Lever and doing well in Farnworth at the last locals,i think Qureshi is by no means certain to keep her seat and i think Bolton South East is really up for grabs as long as there is tactical voting.
Qureshi is the most likely of the three to lose her seat. A lot of white Labour voters in Bolton SE are unhappy with her and with UKIP winning Little Lever and doing well in Farnworth at the last locals,i think Qureshi is by no means certain to keep her seat and i think Bolton South East is really up for grabs as long as there is tactical voting. Reality50
  • Score: 1

11:40pm Thu 28 Aug 14

united99 says...

keggard wrote:
The sooner this town votes out labour the better our town is like a 3rd world dumping ground there's ghettos everywhere and I and many more have had enough
Of what ???
[quote][p][bold]keggard[/bold] wrote: The sooner this town votes out labour the better our town is like a 3rd world dumping ground there's ghettos everywhere and I and many more have had enough[/p][/quote]Of what ??? united99
  • Score: 0

9:26am Fri 29 Aug 14

thomas222 says...

Yasmin Qureshi sky news says: British Muslims are doing humanitarian work in Iraq/Syria, joining ISIS no different to a Jew joining the Israeli Army. This terrorist supporter has to go.
Yasmin Qureshi sky news says: British Muslims are doing humanitarian work in Iraq/Syria, joining ISIS no different to a Jew joining the Israeli Army. This terrorist supporter has to go. thomas222
  • Score: 3

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