Aspiring politician could become one of Bolton's youngest councillors

The Bolton News: Liberal Democrat candidate Andrew Martin, right, with councillors Tony Radlett, left, and Roger Hayes Liberal Democrat candidate Andrew Martin, right, with councillors Tony Radlett, left, and Roger Hayes

AN aspiring politician is hoping to shore up the Liberal Democrats’ place in the Bolton Town Hall council chamber at tomorrow’s local elections.

If elected in Smithills, Cambridge University law graduate Andrew Martin will be one of the youngest Bolton councillors at the age of 22, replacing Liberal colleague Anthony Radlett, who is stepping down.

While Smithills is traditionally a LibDem heartland, support for the party across Bolton has dwindled in recent years, with the total number of councillors in the chamber falling from 21 in 2004 to just three over the past two years.

The candidate, from Heaton, faces competition at this year’s hustings from Kevin Morris, of Labour, Christine Flanagan of Conservatives, Aaron Hepworth of UKIP and Richard Middleshaw of the Green Party.

But Mr Martin said he is confident Smithills residents will see beyond the national political landscape at the polls.

He added: “I’d say a lot of people know that whatever is going on nationally, and whatever press the Liberal Democrats are getting, they appreciate that we are here all year around, talking to them.

“So whatever happens in Westminster, we want to do our best for the local area.

“The main issue that people want us to deal with is the condition of the roads, and road safety. If elected, I want to see more money go towards road resurfacing and increasing the safety in the roads, particularly in residential areas where it’s near a school.”

The local elections take place tomorrow, with polling stations open from 7am until 10pm.

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1:04pm Wed 21 May 14

Jim271 says...

Oh yes he really knows what goes on in the real world doesn't he.

He represents all that is wrong with the political system at present.

Too many professional politicians not enough real people,
Oh yes he really knows what goes on in the real world doesn't he. He represents all that is wrong with the political system at present. Too many professional politicians not enough real people, Jim271
  • Score: -7

1:31pm Wed 21 May 14

AndrewMartinS says...

Jim271 wrote:
Oh yes he really knows what goes on in the real world doesn't he.

He represents all that is wrong with the political system at present.

Too many professional politicians not enough real people,
I don't know why you make these comments - I presume you have never even met me.

I'm just a local guy who wants the best for my community. If you spoke to people in Smithills I'm sure they would tell you that.
[quote][p][bold]Jim271[/bold] wrote: Oh yes he really knows what goes on in the real world doesn't he. He represents all that is wrong with the political system at present. Too many professional politicians not enough real people,[/p][/quote]I don't know why you make these comments - I presume you have never even met me. I'm just a local guy who wants the best for my community. If you spoke to people in Smithills I'm sure they would tell you that. AndrewMartinS
  • Score: 14

2:07pm Wed 21 May 14

PDY says...

I am sure you do Andrew but what concerns me. and a lot of other people, is that, once again, we are seeing yet another lawyer enter politics. There are 60% of the MP's in Parliament from the Law and we see more and more decisions based on a legal standpoint instead of a common sense viewpoint. I am sure you are a nice lad but you lack real understanding of what hard working families have to put up with. I assume that you are not married, have no kids, no mortgage, well if you do, it won't have been for very long. I also ask the question, " have you ever had a job"???????
I am sure you do Andrew but what concerns me. and a lot of other people, is that, once again, we are seeing yet another lawyer enter politics. There are 60% of the MP's in Parliament from the Law and we see more and more decisions based on a legal standpoint instead of a common sense viewpoint. I am sure you are a nice lad but you lack real understanding of what hard working families have to put up with. I assume that you are not married, have no kids, no mortgage, well if you do, it won't have been for very long. I also ask the question, " have you ever had a job"??????? PDY
  • Score: 4

2:28pm Wed 21 May 14

OriginalAngryDad says...

Andrew, if you're so proud to be a Liberal Democrat, why did the unsolicited junk mail your people shoved through my front door on your behalf only mention the party's name in tiny print at the bottom?

Not the best advertising strategy.......

Or perhaps this is a new tack from your lot - Put the name in big letters on the flyer and hope people don't think too hard about which party it's from and just remember the candidate's name when they are in the polling booth.

Are you lot that terrified that we'll all remember how your party abandoned all its promises / commitments, in their panic to climb in bed with The Tories after the last General Election?
Andrew, if you're so proud to be a Liberal Democrat, why did the unsolicited junk mail your people shoved through my front door on your behalf only mention the party's name in tiny print at the bottom? Not the best advertising strategy....... Or perhaps this is a new tack from your lot - Put the name in big letters on the flyer and hope people don't think too hard about which party it's from and just remember the candidate's name when they are in the polling booth. Are you lot that terrified that we'll all remember how your party abandoned all its promises / commitments, in their panic to climb in bed with The Tories after the last General Election? OriginalAngryDad
  • Score: 3

2:36pm Wed 21 May 14

AndrewMartinS says...

PDY wrote:
I am sure you do Andrew but what concerns me. and a lot of other people, is that, once again, we are seeing yet another lawyer enter politics. There are 60% of the MP's in Parliament from the Law and we see more and more decisions based on a legal standpoint instead of a common sense viewpoint. I am sure you are a nice lad but you lack real understanding of what hard working families have to put up with. I assume that you are not married, have no kids, no mortgage, well if you do, it won't have been for very long. I also ask the question, " have you ever had a job"???????
I'm not a lawyer - I did a law degree, that's all.

I have been working part time to support myself but I have been focused on this because I believe people deserve hard-working representatives willing to commit their time.

"I assume that you are not married, have no kids, no mortgage" - be careful what you say - I understand your concern but are you saying people who are single, childless and not mortgagors shouldn't enter politics?

Politics should attract people of all ages, genders and backgrounds - and this includes young people. One of the biggest tragedies of politics is how few young people vote at the moment so I think we should be encouraging more young people to get involved, not less.
[quote][p][bold]PDY[/bold] wrote: I am sure you do Andrew but what concerns me. and a lot of other people, is that, once again, we are seeing yet another lawyer enter politics. There are 60% of the MP's in Parliament from the Law and we see more and more decisions based on a legal standpoint instead of a common sense viewpoint. I am sure you are a nice lad but you lack real understanding of what hard working families have to put up with. I assume that you are not married, have no kids, no mortgage, well if you do, it won't have been for very long. I also ask the question, " have you ever had a job"???????[/p][/quote]I'm not a lawyer - I did a law degree, that's all. I have been working part time to support myself but I have been focused on this because I believe people deserve hard-working representatives willing to commit their time. "I assume that you are not married, have no kids, no mortgage" - be careful what you say - I understand your concern but are you saying people who are single, childless and not mortgagors shouldn't enter politics? Politics should attract people of all ages, genders and backgrounds - and this includes young people. One of the biggest tragedies of politics is how few young people vote at the moment so I think we should be encouraging more young people to get involved, not less. AndrewMartinS
  • Score: 9

3:20pm Wed 21 May 14

Jim271 says...

How much more Green Belt land are you going to allow to be built on?

I wonder what the reaction would be if someone applied to build a mosque in Smithills?
How much more Green Belt land are you going to allow to be built on? I wonder what the reaction would be if someone applied to build a mosque in Smithills? Jim271
  • Score: -6

3:37pm Wed 21 May 14

AndrewMartinS says...

Truth Will Not Be Silenced wrote:
I actually congratulate you, Andrew, and from what I aw of the LibDem policies, in the paper, yesterday, they do make good reading

But there is a scepticism with regards to LibDem after a few promises were broken in the last General Election and with teaming up with the Conservatives. Plus lets not forget that it was The Liberal Democrats that put pen to paper (from a cross party agreement) to sell the sole of the Town Centre - Market Hall which was a catalyst for the downfall of the town! Yes there has been good strides in many drections but the debt is still rising, unemployment is falling but in what way - zero-hours, part time etc etc etc yes these are national, rather than local, issues, but this is what people think about at any election.

But there is more to local politics than just resurfacing roads and road safety campaigns - there is also refuse collections and how very inefficient it is, then there is local public transport - although many daytime routes are commercially operated, there are also many which are not and given a poor service to the communities such as Smithills that used to have 6 buses an hour and now its only 2 - thus making people use cars and create even more traffic congestion - how can this be reversed?

Then there are the parks, such as Moss Bank Park and the sacrifice of Animal World which could have been kept open if the current councillors had closed that quarterly news letter which costs about £50,000 to produce for 99.9% of household just to throw away without reading!

How can one person, if you did manage to get in, change these , make the town more efficient, and most importantly make Bolton a success again!
Our Focus newsletter costs a tiny fraction of that and it is paid for entirely from donations - not taxpayers' money.
I agree with you that there are many more issues than those in our manifesto - but we have to give people an idea of priorities and we can't ask the newspaper to print every detail of our policy.
[quote][p][bold]Truth Will Not Be Silenced[/bold] wrote: I actually congratulate you, Andrew, and from what I aw of the LibDem policies, in the paper, yesterday, they do make good reading But there is a scepticism with regards to LibDem after a few promises were broken in the last General Election and with teaming up with the Conservatives. Plus lets not forget that it was The Liberal Democrats that put pen to paper (from a cross party agreement) to sell the sole of the Town Centre - Market Hall which was a catalyst for the downfall of the town! Yes there has been good strides in many drections but the debt is still rising, unemployment is falling but in what way - zero-hours, part time etc etc etc yes these are national, rather than local, issues, but this is what people think about at any election. But there is more to local politics than just resurfacing roads and road safety campaigns - there is also refuse collections and how very inefficient it is, then there is local public transport - although many daytime routes are commercially operated, there are also many which are not and given a poor service to the communities such as Smithills that used to have 6 buses an hour and now its only 2 - thus making people use cars and create even more traffic congestion - how can this be reversed? Then there are the parks, such as Moss Bank Park and the sacrifice of Animal World which could have been kept open if the current councillors had closed that quarterly news letter which costs about £50,000 to produce for 99.9% of household just to throw away without reading! How can one person, if you did manage to get in, change these , make the town more efficient, and most importantly make Bolton a success again![/p][/quote]Our Focus newsletter costs a tiny fraction of that and it is paid for entirely from donations - not taxpayers' money. I agree with you that there are many more issues than those in our manifesto - but we have to give people an idea of priorities and we can't ask the newspaper to print every detail of our policy. AndrewMartinS
  • Score: 6

3:54pm Wed 21 May 14

OriginalAngryDad says...

Andrew,

You have ignored my question and I now feel disenfranchised and marginalised by your actions.

You had your opportunity to convince me that you would stand up for the little man (I'm only 5' 2") if elected, but opted to evade the issue and cast my enquiry aside like yesterday's Hansard, unloved and forgotten.....

And for that, I shan't now be voting for you.

You had your chance and missed it, so don't come crawling to me when you've lost by one vote.....
Andrew, You have ignored my question and I now feel disenfranchised and marginalised by your actions. You had your opportunity to convince me that you would stand up for the little man (I'm only 5' 2") if elected, but opted to evade the issue and cast my enquiry aside like yesterday's Hansard, unloved and forgotten..... And for that, I shan't now be voting for you. You had your chance and missed it, so don't come crawling to me when you've lost by one vote..... OriginalAngryDad
  • Score: -4

5:27pm Wed 21 May 14

Simonypvs says...

Andrew
I am over the moon that someone so young has the guts to stand for election and I wish you the best of luck. I am not a Lib Dem supporter and will be voting For the Green Party in the local elections so this is not a politically motivated comment.

I hope that you are successful in the election. I feel it will be a good thing to have someone who has grown up in Bolton and understands what is needed by ordinary folk.

Don't let the 'experienced' councillors bully you into making a decision/decisions that you do not agree with. You are there to stand out from the crowd so do your best.
Andrew I am over the moon that someone so young has the guts to stand for election and I wish you the best of luck. I am not a Lib Dem supporter and will be voting For the Green Party in the local elections so this is not a politically motivated comment. I hope that you are successful in the election. I feel it will be a good thing to have someone who has grown up in Bolton and understands what is needed by ordinary folk. Don't let the 'experienced' councillors bully you into making a decision/decisions that you do not agree with. You are there to stand out from the crowd so do your best. Simonypvs
  • Score: 2

7:46pm Wed 21 May 14

Jim271 says...

Perhaps you should consider building a large wall along Moss Bank Way to keep the people of Smithills away from the riff raff of Halliwell?

Build a checkpoint next to the Ainsworth Arms,

Where is Crompton by the way, id never heard of it before this election?
Perhaps you should consider building a large wall along Moss Bank Way to keep the people of Smithills away from the riff raff of Halliwell? Build a checkpoint next to the Ainsworth Arms, Where is Crompton by the way, id never heard of it before this election? Jim271
  • Score: -5

10:49pm Wed 28 May 14

A Campbell says...

AndrewMartinS wrote:
Jim271 wrote:
Oh yes he really knows what goes on in the real world doesn't he.

He represents all that is wrong with the political system at present.

Too many professional politicians not enough real people,
I don't know why you make these comments - I presume you have never even met me.

I'm just a local guy who wants the best for my community. If you spoke to people in Smithills I'm sure they would tell you that.
You're not a local guy though are you Andrew? You live in Heaton.

In the 2012 election the liar Hayes stated in the propaganda rag you edit that any candidate standing who does not live in Smithills clearly isn't interested in the ward.

You are not local. You are a career politician who has never had a proper job, and you want to spend your life taking from the tax payer.
[quote][p][bold]AndrewMartinS[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jim271[/bold] wrote: Oh yes he really knows what goes on in the real world doesn't he. He represents all that is wrong with the political system at present. Too many professional politicians not enough real people,[/p][/quote]I don't know why you make these comments - I presume you have never even met me. I'm just a local guy who wants the best for my community. If you spoke to people in Smithills I'm sure they would tell you that.[/p][/quote]You're not a local guy though are you Andrew? You live in Heaton. In the 2012 election the liar Hayes stated in the propaganda rag you edit that any candidate standing who does not live in Smithills clearly isn't interested in the ward. You are not local. You are a career politician who has never had a proper job, and you want to spend your life taking from the tax payer. A Campbell
  • Score: 2

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