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Welcome to the website for Bedford Borough Liberal Democrats for information from the party and the latest news from the Council.

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

  • Cllr Tim Caswell
    Article: Oct 17, 2019

    Older residents are less likely to be forced to stay in hospital longer than necessary due to a lack of social care services in Bedford Borough than anywhere else in the country, councillors heard this week.

    Last year Bedford Borough had just 73 delayed discharges from hospital due to social care - the lowest in the country. In Norfolk by comparison there were 13,828 delayed transfers, significantly worse even given the greater population in Norfolk.

  • 2019 Bedford Festival of Lights
    Article: Oct 16, 2019

    The 2019 Festival of Lights will take place this Saturday (19th October) at The Bunyan Sports Centre on Mile Road.

    The event will be hosted by the Bedford Indian Community and it promises to be a Cultural Extravaganza including Classical Indian performances, Bollywood dances, Musical performances and lots of stalls.

  • National Adoption Week
    Article: Oct 15, 2019

    This week is National Adoption Week, and Bedford Borough Council is urging adoptive families to come forward in an effort to provide homes for children.

    The focus for 2019 is on those children who wait the longest to find a loving home - those in a sibling group, children from Black and Minority Ethnic backgrounds, older children and those with complex health needs or those with a disability.

  • Jo Swinson
    Article: Oct 14, 2019

    Leader of the Liberal Democrats Jo Swinson has today slammed this Queen's speech as nothing more that a "charade." Jo Swinson said:

    "This Queen's speech is a charade.

    "'Boris Johnson is pursuing a Brexit deal that will be hugely damaging for our economy, our NHS and our security.

    "There is nothing in this Queen's speech that will bring comfort to the factory worker set to lose their job, or the families struggling to put food on the table because of his Brexit policy.

    "The Liberal Democrats want to stop Brexit, and keep the best deal we have as members of the European Union."

  • Cllr Henry Vann and Cllr Jake Sampson Video Screenshot
    Article: Oct 13, 2019

    At a Full Council meeting this week there was overwhelming support for Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Spokesperson for Bedford and Kempston Cllr Henry Vann's amendment including recognition of the climate emergency and of the extensive ongoing efforts by Bedford Borough Council to tackle climate change.

  • Mayor Dave Hodgson outside Bedford Central Library
    Article: Oct 12, 2019

    It's Libraries Week this week, and the focus of this year's celebration of the nation's libraries is their role in the digital world.

    There are a range of digital services you can enjoy with Bedford Borough Libraries. You can renew, reserve and request books online here, while you can enjoy free ebooks, audiobooks, magazines and newspapers here!

  • Cllr Jake Sampson
    Article: Oct 11, 2019

    Bedford Borough Council's commercial property vacancy rate has more than halved in just three years, a report has revealed. Figures included in a report to last night's Budget and Corporate Overview and Scrutiny Committee show that the number of vacancies across the Council's Commercial property portfolio has plummeted from 15 in 2016 to just 6 in 2019.

  • Bedford World Mental Health Day 2019 Poster
    Article: Oct 10, 2019

    Today is World Mental Health Day, and a free 'healthy mind and healthy body hub' featuring a host of interactive activities is taking place in Bedford's Harpur Square to mark the occasion, raise awareness, provide a taste of different activities and services, and provide advice and support.

    Visitors will be able to try table tennis, ride a smoothie bike, learn about the wide range of exercise opportunities in Bedford and talk to health professionals about how to maintain their personal mental health and wellbeing.