Campaigners and candidates are hoping to “break down barriers” when Bolton goes to the polls in the General Election just weeks away.

This comes with the Bolton Green Party having launched their campaign from the steps on Bolton Town Hall on Sunday, June 9.

Having won their first ever council seat in the borough last May, the party says they hope to build on this at the Westminster election.

Cllr Hanif Alli, who represents Halliwell, said: “We want to build on that success, I feel we’ve broken that barrier where people think the Green Party won’t be successful.

“We want to show them that people power really can make a change.

Vicki Attenborough and Cllr Hanif AlliVicki Attenborough and Cllr Hanif Alli (Image: Newsquest)

“Also I really believe in the Green Party’s policies, I believe they are the only alternative to the two party system.”

He added: “It’s like Robin Hood round here with the Sheriff of Nottingham calling round every few months, if people are in work they really shouldn’t be struggling.

Cllr Alli will be the Green Party’s candidate in Bolton North East where he will be up against Labour’s Kirith Entwistle and Conservative candidate Cllr Adele Warren.

Also standing will be Independent Kevin Allsop, Liberal Democrat Rebecca Forrest, Refrom UK’s Trevor Jones, Syeda Misbah Kazmi of the Workers Party and Independent John Partington.

The Bolton Green Party launched their campaign on SundayThe Bolton Green Party launched their campaign on Sunday (Image: Newsquest)

Also at the launch was the Greens’ Bolton West candidate Vicki Attenborough.

She said: “At the moment we really want people to think about what sort of a government they want to see after the General Election.

“It’s very clear that the Tories are on their way out and that Labour will be in government but we want people to think about where they can get Greens in.

“Because at the moment you can’t put a piece of paper between where Labour and the Conservatives are.”

Ms Attenborough said her campaign priorities will be healthcare, improving economic opportunities and dealing with sewage dumping into the rivers around Bolton West.

She will be up against Conservative Chris Green, Labour’s Phil Brickell, Liberal Democrat Donald McIntosh, Patrick McGrath of the English Democrats and Reform UK’s Dylan Evans.

Green Party Bolton South and Walkden candidate Philip KochittyGreen Party Bolton South and Walkden candidate Philip Kochitty (Image: Bolton Green Party)

The Green candidate for Bolton South and Walkden, Philip Kochitty had been unable to attend the launch but spoke about his priorities afterwards.

He said: "My experience in education has given me a profound understanding of the challenges faced by our children and families, and I am committed to creating a fairer, more inclusive society.

“I stand for a new, fairer type of politics, one that works for everyone, not just a select few.

“I believe in transparency, accountability, and putting people at the heart of decision-making.

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“My policies are designed to address the pressing issues of our time, from climate change to social inequality, ensuring that no one is left behind.

“A vote for me means choosing a future where our community thrives, our environment is protected, and our political system truly represents us all."

Also standing in Bolton South and Walkden are Labour’s Yasmin Qureshi, Conservative Mohammed Afzal, and Liberal Democrat Gemma Bowker.

Also standing are Jack Khan of the Workers Party, Reform UK’s Julie Pattison and independent candidate Don Prof Reis Abraham Halliwell PRF.

The General Election will be held on July 4.