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Welcome to North Bedfordshire Liberal Democrats

Welcome to the website for the North Bedfordshire Liberal Democrats for information from the party and the latest news from the Council.

You can also find out how to contact your local Lib Dem Councillor, their surgery details and information about work they are doing for you. You can also follow us on twitter @BedfordLibDems.

For news from the directly elected, Lib Dem Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson- please click here.

Recent News

  • Bedford Hospital entrance
    Article: Aug 30, 2016

    Mayor Dave Hodgson has said that the flawed work of the Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes Healthcare Review, which culminated in proposals to close maternity services at Bedford Hospital, must be scrapped altogether and not continued within the successor STP (Sustainability and Transformation Plan) process.

  • Priory Country Park Cafe
    Article: Aug 26, 2016

    This month Priory Country Park visitor centre has taken on a new lease of life with a brand new café!

    The Cloverdale Retreat Café opened its doors last week and owner Glenda Mansfield and her partner Steve are getting to know park users ahead of the grand opening later this month. The café is open to the public seven days a week from 10am to 4pm; serving a range of teas, coffee, savoury snacks and cakes. Glenda and Steve also hope to launch a new menu of hot food and chef's specials as their customer base grows.

  • Article: Aug 26, 2016

    Rail fares are set to go up again for Bedford and Kempston commuters, with the Government announcing that another 1.9% increase is on the cards.

    Rail fares have increased at twice the rate of wages over the last six years, even though our rail fares are already the highest in Europe!

    On top of this, Bedford and Kempston commuters are getting one of the worst deals in the country with only 78.3% of Govia Thameslink route trains arriving at their final station on time, over 5% lower than the next worst.

  • school
    Article: Aug 26, 2016

    Initial GCSE results figures from local schools show an improvement overall both in terms of students' attainment and the progress made by students. The figures show that Bedford Borough students have, overall, made more progress than their peers across other parts of the country, and have made a greater improvement than would be expected for students with similar 'prior attainment'.

  • school
    Article: Aug 19, 2016
    Students across Bedford Borough are celebrating exam success. Based on returns from 8 upper schools, provisional A Level results show 99.3% of pupils achieved one or more A* - E grades.
    Cllr Henry Vann, Portfolio Holder for Education at Bedford Borough Council, said: "Congratulations to everyone who got their results and thank you to all the parents, carers, teachers who have helped you on the way. I would like to give recognition to the hard-working students, and their dedicated teachers, who have secured these results as they look to take their next steps into the world of work or on into further and higher education: Well done!"
  • Green Flag
    Article: Aug 3, 2016

    Four parks in Bedford Borough have been judged to be among the best in the country after receiving a prestigious Green Flag Award - the mark of a quality park or green space.

    Priory Country Park, Harrold Odell Country Park, Addison Howard Park, and Bedford Park will all be flying their new Green Flags on site this summer. The Green Flag Awards are judged by an army of more than 700 green space experts, who visit applicant sites and assess them against eight strict criteria, including horticultural standards, cleanliness, sustainability and community involvement. A Green Flag flying overhead is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent facilities.

  • Cllr Tim Hill
    Article: Aug 1, 2016

    This is the latest of the regular electronic community newsletters from Cllr Tim Hill as the local Liberal Democrat Borough Councillor for Elstow and Stewartby Ward. If you would like more information on any of these, Tim's contact details can be found here.

    Since my last Elstow, Stewartby and Kempston Hardwick Echo, here are some of the local issues I have progressed, in some cases with the valued help of the relevant Parish Council:

  • Dave Hodgson
    Article: Jul 30, 2016

    Mayor Dave Hodgson made the case for the retention of key services at Bedford Hospital in a recent meeting with NHS England Chief Executive Simon Stevens.

    At the meeting in Bedford last month between Mayor Dave, the Council's Chief Executive, and Mr Stevens, Mayor Dave impressed upon the NHS Chief that the Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes Healthcare Review's proposal to downgrade Bedford Hospital and remove maternity services is illogical for a growing town.