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Jas Parmar Police and Crime Commissioner Candidate for Bedfordshire 2021 (NBLD)

Welcome to the website for Bedford Borough Liberal Democrats, where you can find information from the party and the latest news from the Council.

You can also keep up-to-date with news from Jas Parmar, the Liberal Democrat candidate for Bedfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner in the May 2021 election. You can follow Jas on Facebook, too, at @JasParmar4PCC

You can find out how to contact your local Lib Dem Councillor, and you can also follow us on twitter @BedfordLibDems and on Facebook @BedfordLD.

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

Recent News

  • Mayor Dave Hodgson
    Article: Mar 3, 2021

    At tonight's Executive Meeting, Mayor Dave Hodgson and Councillors will adopt a short term action plan and support the development of a 'whole system' long term Food Strategy.

    The Food Strategy will champion access to healthy food, with a focus on children and young people and those from socially excluded and deprived communities.

  • Mayor Dave Hodgson Green Bins Video Message Still
    Article: Mar 2, 2021

    Garden waste collections are back underway in Bedford Borough, having restarted on Monday 1 Marc following the usual pause in this service over the winter.

    Garden waste can go in the green-lidded bin. Please put this bin out alongside your orange recycling bin by 6am on your next recycling day, and it will be collected every other week.

  • Intercity and Commuter Trains at Bedford Station
    Article: Mar 1, 2021

    Commuter rail fares rise today by an inflation-busting 2.6%, thanks to the government's decision to break its own formula to increase them by even more than expected. The move is 'yet another betrayal of local rail users', say Bedford Borough Borough Liberal Democrats.

    Commenting at the time of the announcement of the inflation-busting rise, Bedford Borough Liberal Democrat Environment Committee Spokesperson Cllr Tim Hill said: "This news is a kick in the teeth for all rail users and it is particularly unjustifiable for local commuters, who have suffered so much in recent years. Following on from the prolonged chaos over new Thameslink timetables alongside the ongoing loss of intercity peak time trains and much more, an inflation-busting fare rise is yet another betrayal suffered by Bedford Borough rail users.'

  • Cllr Christine McHugh
    Article: Feb 26, 2021

    Bedford Borough Liberal Democrats have today written to the Chancellor of the Exchequer to call for the £20 Universal Credit uplift introduced last year to be made permanent, rather than removed in April as currently scheduled.

    Currently the Government is scheduled to scrap the rise on 12th April, causing severe concern amongst those in receipt of Universal Credit. In advance of next week's Budget, the letter sent today from Bedford Borough Liberal Democrat Group Leader Cllr Christine McHugh insists that 'To lose that vital increase is utterly unthinkable for households across our communities'.

  • Bedford Borough Covid-19 snapshot published 25 February 2021
    Article: Feb 25, 2021

    The latest weekly coronavirus statistics for Bedford Borough have been published. The figures show that in the seven days up to February 21st:

    • 1,328 people have been tested (68 fewer than the previous week)
    • There were 241 Covid-19 cases (71 fewer than the previous week)
    • The weekly positive cases per 100,000 population was 139.1 (down from 180 in the previous week)
  • Bedford Station
    Article: Feb 24, 2021

    Bedford Borough Council tonight reaffirmed the positive case for East West Rail and the importance of local residents' views in shaping the government project, via a vote at a Full Council meeting

    The majority vote approved Cllr Michael Headley's motion which reiterated the Council's longstanding support for an East West Rail route serving Bedford. It also noted that the Government chose the preferred route over a year ago, following a public consultation which drew 7,000 responses.

  • Bedford Station
    Article: Feb 24, 2021

    A New Railway from Oxford to Cambridge and Beyond

    The Current Situation

    The Government and the East West Rail Company (EWR Co) selected the preferred route option for East West Rail between Bedford and Cambridge in January 2020. Next, they will consult on the detailed alignment of the route.

    This followed a public consultation by EWR Co on route options in January - March 2019.

  • Coronavirus graphic
    Article: Feb 22, 2021

    The Prime Minister will address the nation this evening, but has already outlined the roadmap for easing lockdown restrictions in England to the House of Commons.

    The roadmap has four steps with a minimum of five weeks between each step.

    Step one is in two parts:

    On 8 March

    • All students return to schools and colleges, and school clubs can resume
    • Secondary school students will be required to wear masks in class as well as communal areas
    • People can meet one other person outside for recreation, not just exercise
    • Care home residents allowed one regular named visitor
    • Stay at home order remains in place