December 2019 5 NEWS www.yourindependent.co.uk Bolton General Election candidates THE candidates hoping to win a seat in one of Bolton’s parliamentary con- stituencies in this year›s General Election have been announced. The polls will open on Thursday De- cember 12 with voters getting the chance to put a cross next to who they want to represent them as their MP in Parlia- ment . In Bolton, voters will be electing MPs for the Bolton West, Bolton South East, Bolton North East and Bolton East Par- liamentary constituencies. Bolton North East Although traditionally a Labour stronghold, Bolton North East is also home to the Conservative heartlands of Bromley Cross, Bradshaw and Ast- ley Bridge. Sir David Crausby has represented the area since 1997, and the veteran MP is seeking election for the seventh time in December. David Crausby – Labour Warren Fox – Liberal Democrats Trevor Jones – Brexit Party Mark Logan – Conservative Party Liz Spencer – Green Party Bolton West Retaining Bolton West will be one of the Conservatives’ top priorities in the region on December 12. A marginal seat that has returned both Labour and Tory MPs in the past, it has been held by the latter since Chris Green was elected in 2015. An ardent Brexiteer, he hung on by less than 1,000 votes at the last election. His closest rival on that occasion, Julie Hilling, is set to stand again and is a fa- miliar face to voters, having been the con- stituency’s MP between 2010 and 2015. Rebecca Forrest – Liberal Democrats Chris Green – Conservative Party Paris Hayes – Green Party Julie Hilling – Labour Party Bolton South East Labour will face bigger challenges than in Bolton South East, a seat they have won comfortably since it was cre- ated 36 years ago. Incumbent Yasmin Qureshi is looking to retain her seat once more, having represented the area since 2010. However, the success of Farnworth and Kearsley First in recent council elections hints at growing discontent to- wards Labour. Mark Cunningham – Brexit Party David Figgins – Green Party Johno Lee – Conservative Party Yasmin Qureshi – Labour Party Kev Walsh – Liberal Democrats Warning over fake fragrance scam FESTIVE shoppers have been urged to buy gifts from rec- ognised retailers, after council officers confiscated counter- feit perfume from unlicensed street traders in Bolton town centre. Recently, town centre officers have confronted two sets of rogue traders claiming to be selling le- gitimate brand-name scents at a fraction of the normal retail cost. A cursory inspection revealed the items were substandard and potentially dangerous ille- gal fakes. Often brought in from abroad before being branded with coun- terfeit labels in theUK, the knock- off products have been known to contain harmful chemicals. Fake fragrances may initially look and smell the same, but un- like the genuine article, the scent of these cheap imports will quick- ly evaporate leaving consumers feeling short changed. If a fragrance is being sold in the street, from a car boot or in the pub, then it will almost cer- tainly be an illegal fake. Online auction sites are also proving increasingly popular with fraudsters. Sellers do not pay the taxes that fund vital public services and counterfeit distribution is linked to organised criminal networks. Shoppers are instead urged to support their local high street by buying from an estab- lished retailer. barry2.pdf 1 22/10/2019 16:55 FITTED IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS STAINFREE OLIVIA SOFT TOUCH SAXONY LESS THAN HALF PRICE! normal price £23.90 sq mtr £10.75 SQ MTR WOVEN back latest soft touch bleach cleanable stain resistant, 10 year wear guarantee. heavy domestic quality. l t t ft t l l l t i r i t t, r r r t . ti lit . NOW ONLY Eloise’s Column We love Christmas at Bury Hospice and have so much going on to raise money for our vital services, and also events that allow us to stop and cele- brate the lives of special people who are no longer with us. Our Christmas celebrations started last weekend with our Christmas Fair staged in our main hospice. Everybody gets involved. One of our trustees, Gra- ham Yardley, took on the role of Father Christmas yet again and members of staff across the hospice donated their time to help. It was mainly down to one of our fabulous volunteers, May Ship- perbottom, who organised the fair that the event was so successful. May is one of our many volunteers who work tire- lessly to raise money for us, we couldn’t do without our army of helpers. Next in the diary is our Light up a Life service which takes place in Bury Parish church on Wednesday 4th December at 7.30pm. This is one of our most poignant events, a particularly special time where people across Bury come together to cel- ebrate and remember loved ones, and have the opportunity to dedicate lights and leave special ‘in memory’ messages on the tree. Like all of our events it is a fundraiser too, as we rely on our fund- raising to keep the hospice going. Many may not know that we have to raise over 75% of our running costs our- selves which we do through our shops, warehouse, lottery and events, and we value every single penny that comes through our door….without our com- munity’s support we would not be here to continue supporting those who need us most. If you follow us on social media you will see that our biggest fundraising event is just round the corner – Strict- ly Best Foot Forward. This marks the third year we have run this competition and the fun starts in early September when our dancing volunteers step for- ward to begin rehearsals with yet an- other of our volunteers Deborah Lisle who is also a trustee. You don’t have to Eloise Burke Chief Executive of Bury Hospice dance to support our Strictly competi- tion – choose your favourite contestant and donate to support them! The event takes place on Saturday 7th December, and our very own Mayor and Mayoress are taking part. Just follow our social media to find out more, or call one of our fundraising team who will point you in the right direction. If you love singing Christmas carols then don’t miss out on our school Christ- mas Carol Service on Monday 9th De- cember at 7pm, again in Bury Parish Church. This is a very special event that involves four of our local primary schools alongside Bury Community Choir. Tick- ets are £5 for adults and £2 for children – do please come along and join in this festive treat! You can have fun in your workplace or school too raising money this Christ- mas! For the first year we are organis- ing a Christmas Jumper day on Friday 13th December, and encouraging people to pay a pound to wear their favourite Christmas jumper. And don’t forget our Christmas raffle – tickets are currently on sale for £1 in the Hospice and in all of our charity shops. Finally once the festivities are over and you may be looking to get rid of your tree, let us collect and recycle it for you for a small donation. As we enter the festive season, have fun raising money for Bury Hospice, knowing that literally every penny and moment of your time makes a difference.