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University of Bolton says its vice chancellor attended controversial Presidents Club event

Credit: University of Bolton

The University of Bolton statement:

‘The University can confirm that its President & Vice Chancellor, Professor George Holmes, attended The Presidents’ Club Charity Dinner event held at The Dorchester Hotel, London on Thursday, 18 January 2018.

"Professor Holmes has never previously attended any event held by The Presidents’ Club and is not a member. His attendance was on the basis of an invited guest to a charity fundraising dinner. More specifically, he was a guest of one of the University's key business sponsors who hosted and paid for the table.

"Professor Holmes has confirmed that he was approached whilst dining and served drinks by several hostess staff allocated to his area of the dining room. Co-incidentally he now recognises one of those staff who spoke to him as being the undercover reporter now identifying herself as Maddison Marriage. Professor Holmes recalls expressing at the time (to the woman now known as Maddison Marriage) that both personally and also in the current context (in 2018, particularly post the Harvey Weinstein allegations) he was uncomfortable with the totally unexpected influx of hostess staff and certain auction lots. The undercover reporter has confirmed subsequently to a fellow journalist and Editor, that Professor Holmes ‘looked pretty shocked

"Professor Holmes has further confirmed that another member of the hostess staff also served him a drink whilst he was dining and when he asked her what she thought of the event, she similarly indicated to him that she was uneasy with the event. She stated that she was particularly nervous about descriptions she had been given of the ‘after party’ which she had heard from other hostess staff who had worked at the event in previous years.

" This prompted Professor Holmes to seek out and speak with one of the event staff team leaders, expressing his concern that some of her staff were uncomfortable. Although Professor Holmes did not witness any of the assaults subsequently alleged in the press, he chose to leave as soon as was politely possible at the end of the charity auction after he fulfilled his role to network with a number of key influential individuals as required of him when he attends such public events.

"Professor Holmes has confirmed that he did not and, more importantly, chose not to participate in the post dinner ‘after party’ which he had been unaware of when he accepted the invitation to the black tie dinner, and he returned to his family who were with him in London."

– University of Bolton


Police want to speak to this woman after stabbing

Police are looking for a crucial witness after a man was attacked in Bolton.

Shortly before 11pm on Monday October 9 last year. Police were called to reports of an assault on Chorley Old Road.

A 49-year-old man had been outside a Spar shop when he was approached by a man who began shouting, before stabbing him a number of times and fleeing the scene.

The man was taken to hospital for treatment of his serious injuries and has since made a full recovery.

Police have now released an image of a woman they believe may hold key information.

Detective Constable Chris Hickey of GMP’s Bolton borough, said:

We still need to find the person responsible for inflicting such serious injuries in this unprovoked attack.

We think the woman in the photo was there at the time and could hold key information for our investigation, so would like to speak to her at the earliest possible opportunity.

If you saw something that night, or have information that could help our enquiries, it’s not too late to get in touch.

– Detective Constable Chris Hickey
  • Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 0161 856 5757 or 101, quoting incident number 2466 of 09/10/17. Any report can also be made anonymously through the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Peter Kay announces first UK stand-up tour in eight years

Peter Kay has announced his first UK stand-up tour in eight years.

The Bolton star's last tour in 2010, which still officially ranks with the Guinness Book of World Records as the biggest selling comedy tour of all time, played to over 1.2 million people.

Peter Kay’s new stand up tour starts in April 2018 and tickets go on sale this Saturday at 10am: and


Bolton Council leader to step down after decade in charge

The leader of Bolton Council, Cliff Morris, is stepping down after over a decade in charge.

Cliff Morris is to step down as leader of Bolton Council after 11 years Credit: ITV News

The Labour councillor came under fire earlier this year after he gave £300,000 of public money to Asons Solicitors, a private company in the town. At a scrutiny meeting, Morris told councillors he believed he had done nothing wrong.

On Wednesday, the 75-year-old said he will retire at the end of the year. His deputy, Councillor Linda Thomas, will take over the running of the council in January 2018.

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