Westhoughton First Independents is a new way of working for local politics.
We're not about parties or arguments or national issues. We field candidates from all backgrounds and with a range of different skills and opinions. What unites us and enables us to work together is that we all care about one thing what's best for Westhoughton.
Westhoughton First Independents are people living in the community putting themselves forward to give a different, red-blue-yellow rosette-free choice at election times. It's a way to enable truly independent candidates to stand and hopefully win in the local elections in Westhoughton. The Councillors elected are then able to work together without party political ideology to make the best decisions they can for the town without a 'whip' or formal leadership.
This model as proved successful in many parts the country and has enabled Parish and Town Councils to get the very best for their local communities. Always being engaging, transparent and open with the electorate, they have with their help and cooperation elected independent councillors who have done their best to serve the community.
Westhoughton was once an Urban District Council, and has a rich heritage and traditions of electing independents councillors over 30 years, a tradition that the community values, and for which it is showing increasing support. It's not just about taking pride in being a self-contained town with independence from Bolton, but a town that knows what's best for the local residents that live here and are part of a community within its boundary.
Where Candidates are elected, they continue to use the 'Ways of Working' which guided the selection process, and which underpin our open, positive and constructive approach to local politics. You will see what they have been doing on the Westhoughton First Independents website, and we will also list some of the achievements we are most proud of on there as well.
Our candidates for the 2019 elections on May 2nd have been chosen, but if you would like to support our work and help the next slate of candidates get elected, we would love to hear from you. Westhoughton First Independents needs help with everything from delivering leaflets to working on our social media presence or even just having a leaflet in your window or a board in your front garden. Talk to us, tell us your concerns.
You will also be able to see what our candidates are up to on Facebook and Twitter.
Richard Brennan - Westhoughton Central Ward ☑ ELECTED
Originally from Wigan, moving to Westhoughton in 2000; knows the town well and its issues. Feels it important to break away from party politics; local government should be run by local people who want to improve the area in which they live. Works in Environmental Services maintaining and monitoring outdoor areas for local leisure for Rochdale Council, having done similar roles at Bolton and Wigan Council. Experience and awareness of special needs learning and mental health issues, Richard is a keen advocate of better support in these areas through families and professionals. Richard is keen to get involved with the community, raising issues and making sure your voice is heard and money comes to Westhoughton to improve the local area.
Jack Speight - Westhoughton Chequerbent Ward ☑ RE-ELECTED
Farm manager, served as Independent Councillor since 2012. Passionate about protecting Westhoughton's heritage, community and preserving our rural landscape and greenbelt from the wanton development thats destroying our identity and way of life. Advocate and supporter of local businesses, a strong local economy, protection of key services, and fair share of Bolton Council expenditure for Westhoughton and its residents.
Jack is also the Westhoughton First Independents candidate for Borough Councillor for the Westhoughton North Ward ☑ in the Bolton Council Elections.
Anita Jackson-Baratinsky - Westhoughton Daisy Hill Ward ☑
Anita is a born and bred, and proud Keawyed; a retired business woman, able to apply wisdom and experience to getting things done for the betterment of our community. Her hobbies include attending her livestock, local history, and a passion for our environment and nature. Never shy about speaking out, and has been on TV discussion shows talking about the local impact of Greater Manchester Spatial Framework proposals, planning and over-development. She believes development must be sustainable with the correct infrastructure and services in place.
Victoria Rowley - Westhoughton Daisy Hill Ward ☑
Victoria is a former Lecturer, and a full-time carer who lives in Daisy Hill. She believes Westhoughton needs elected representatives to put the needs of Westhoughton people first and foremost. Community projects matter to her, as such Victoria is keen to be working in the community: she is involved with the Winifred Kettle Centre Carers' group, as well as the Bolton at Home 'Working Potential' group; she also volunteers at the John Holt Community Centre teaching sewing at the weekly 'Make New & Mend' sessions - a new group she set up herself.
Lisa Reilly - Westhoughton Hoskers & Hart Common Ward ☑ ELECTED
Lisa is a self-employed artist, and a volunteer presenter and team-member for local online community station Howfen Radio. Her aim is to give the people of Westhoughton a real voice, and for it to be heard when talking about local, social and community issues whether that be from housing to roads; crime to services; supporting local businesses to looking after the vulnerable in our community… she hopes to focus on getting fair and positive outcomes for Westhoughton and its people.
Nilda Speight - Westhoughton Hoskers & Hart Common Ward ☑
A nurse, Nilda graduated with a Masters Degree from Liverpool John Moors University in 'International Public Health'. She is a strong advocate and champion of public well-being and services. A believer in the unique NHS care ethos. Involved in promoting ethical Fairtrade organisations. She sees Westhoughton as having a village-like closeness and community togetherness that makes a unique place to live something that should be safeguarded and encouraged.
Marina Maley - Westhoughton White Horse Ward ☑ ELECTED
Marina is retired, and has lived in Westhoughton for 40 years. She is very much part of the town and has seen many changes locally - good and bad - over the years. She believes that everyone should be able to live safely and in peace, and that local services and a thriving community should enable them to do that. If elected, she intends to do all in her power to promote the interests of local people and the town of Westhoughton.
Charlie Reilly - Westhoughton White Horse Ward ☑ ELECTED
Charlie is currently a Fast-Track Delivery Man for Argos. He will be known to some from his previous print-on labelling business on Westhoughton Market; he is on the Howfen Radio committee as it contributes to the local community. Having moved here, Charlie is grateful for the welcome and support the people of Westhoughton in his business endeavours, and he is now in a position to give something back, prepared to do his best to support local people's needs, and to be a voice to challenge on local issues and to seek improvement for the town.
Anthea Ingle - Westhoughton Wingates Ward ☑
Anthea has worked in the Wigan and Bolton community for over a decade alongside; knows the issues and is passionate about physical and mental well-being in the community to help enrich lives. She has run her own holistic herbal clinic, and run community courses in adult education. A keen volunteer and active supporter of Friends of Daisy Hill Station. She believes we can create better, sustainable communities if we work together caring for community and local environment. A strong believer in the power of democracy, and fairness and consistency in budgeting to support local services.
Buoyed by the success of the Independent movement locally in places like Farnworth & Kearsley, Blackrod and Horwich, and nationally in Frome, Liskeard, Bath and Minehead… Westhoughton First Independents is giving voters the chance to vote in some new and very local faces on to Westhoughton Town Council. 10 Candidates in 6 Westhoughton Wards looking to give local people a new voice in local politics.
Election Day: Thursday 2nd May 2019
Westhoughton First Independents for Westhoughton Town Council
Westhoughton Central: Richard Brennan (elected); Pamela Naylor.
Westhoughton Chequerbent: Jack Speight (re-elected).
Westhoughton Daisy Hill: Anita Jackson-Baratinsky; Victoria Rowley.
Westhoughton Hoskers & Hart Common: Lisa Reilly (elected); Nilda Speight.
Westhoughton White Horse: Marina Maley; Charlie Reilly (elected).
Westhoughton Wingates: Anthea lngle.
Westhoughton First Independents for Bolton Borough Council
Westhoughton North: Jack Speight.
Westhoughton South: Pamela Naylor.
Five Westhoughton First Independents elected to Westhoughton Town Council
It's hard not to be jaded by the goings on in politics over the last few years; in Westminster MPs have shown themselves to be arrogant, out-of-touch, looking down on those whose votes put them in Parliament. Not since the expenses scandals have MPs been so unpopular; there is no leadership, little integrity, electoral promises and manifestos are empty words, and democracy itself seems to be hanging by a thread. Locally, we see the same old bickering and blame game from LibLabCon; the same old faces taking us for granted. Westhoughton as usual baring the brunt of development whilst services and infrastructure fail to keep up with demand and need. Westhoughton itself never seems to get a fair share of the Bolton budget considering how much the town contributes. We all see it; we all experience it.
Apathy, low turnouts and the 'First Past The Post' (FPTP) system means little changes… So, what can you do? Firstly, you can cast your vote (doing nothing is no longer an option!)… Secondly, you can vote for an Independent Candidate (what have you got to lose?)… Thirdly, you can send a message loudly and clearly by electing Independent Councillors to show that what LibLabCon continue to offer is not good enough, that you want change and you want fairness, and you want people representing you who will answer to the people first not the party.
More independents sitting on Westhoughton Town Council, and others making inroads into Bolton Council, is the only way to affect the necessary change in local politics; the only way they will be made to listen and to take ordinary people seriously. We need to get back to dealing real issues and not window dressing and virtue-signalling; we need to be making people's lives easier not harder, giving people hope in their futures, and confidence in political and administrative system and processes.
What can Independent Councillors offer?
Better, more direct local representation.
Representatives who will always champion Westhoughton first and foremost.
A Fair Deal for Westhoughton and its residents in terms of budgets, services and improvements to local life.
Being Independents, and a group of like-minded people, they are not politically aligned, and are certainly not the past-their-sell-by-date LibLabCon.
Honesty there is little trust in politics now; we are witnessing the decline of representative democracy, today's politicians have made lying and evasiveness an art form. Enough! Let's get some people elected who can tell it as it is… who can speak the truth and be held to account.
Enquiry once in Office the right questions can be asked to find out 'what the hell is going on?' Maybe then the changes can be made that will make things better for local people.
A More Hopeful Future! Something needs to change. We need a fresh approach and positivity.
Westhoughton and its people put first.
A fairer share of the Bolton budget.
Campaigning for better and more visible policing.
A greener, cleaner local environment - more trees and environmental improvement.
Establish a youth programme to enhance young lives and tackle issues of anti-social behaviour.
Establish a programme supporting all community groups, clubs and sport to enhance local life for all.
Make Westhoughton a Fairtrade town.
Work with local business to boost small shops and the High Street.
More allotments accessible to the community for enjoyment and health and local food produce
Never has Democracy more needed change, and never has Politics been more in need of a Spring Clear-out!
Your Westhoughton First Independents Candidates for Westhoughton Town Council at Local Elections Thursday, 2nd May 2019