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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

  • Vince Cable twitter page
    Article: Aug 14, 2018

    The pay of FTSE 100 chief executives has soared by 11% in the past year, according to analysis by CIPD/High Pay Centre.

    This is partly inflated by a £47.1m payout for Jeff Fairburn, the chief executive at Persimmon. The housebuilding group has benefited greatly from the Government's Help to Buy scheme, which helped trigger the enormous payout.

    Responding, Liberal Democrat leader Vince Cable said "Despite so many efforts, including my own legislation, to ensure there is moderation in executive pay, some companies are still getting away with unjustifiable awards. What is particularly galling and outrageous is the Persimmon payout, because the firm is profiting as a result of a government subsidy, not the performance of the company."

  • Football
    Article: Aug 12, 2018

    As the new football season kicks off, former Liberal Democrat Leader Tim Farron has called for the Government to throw its weight behind the campaigns to introduce safe standing at football and to cap tickets at £20.

    The Liberal Democrat MP has warned Conservative Ministers to "take football reforms by the scruff of the neck".

    His party - the first party to do so - wants the Government to scrap existing legislation that prevents clubs from introducing safe standing. This would give fans the choice to stand as they get behind their team.

    He has also backed the Football Supporters' Federation's campaign, 'Twenty's Plenty', which wants clubs to cap away tickets in the Premier League at £20.

  • Putnoe Medical Centre
    Article: Aug 11, 2018

    NHS Commissioners have tonight brought the consultation on their plans to close Putnoe Walk-In Centre to an abrupt close, 9 days early.

    In a message issued via the Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group's Communications Team, Accountable Officer Alan Streets states that "We have had 1900 responses containing a wide range of views, and it is clear that we need to reconsider our proposals on the future of urgent care in Bedfordshire. For this reason, we have decided to close the current consultation phase today."

  • Cllr Tim Hill
    Article: Aug 11, 2018

    Parish-wide Issues

    Community benefit from the development of the brickworks site - The current draft of the Local Plan has unsurprisingly in it a bid by the site owners for it to be identified as a development site. Following a contact made by a community benefit specialist, I have arranged a meeting on 3rd Sept for your Chair and I with the specialist to discuss how our local community might benefit from any such development. Initial ideas are very welcome.

  • Putnoe Med Centre
    Article: Aug 10, 2018

    In his column for the August edition of the Bulletin, Mayor Dave Hodgson has encouraged people to take part in the consultation on NHS Commissioners' plans to close Putnoe Walk-In Centre.

    In the piece, Mayor Dave makes the case that the new Urgent Treatment Centre planned at Bedford Hospital is needed in addition to the Walk-In Centre, not instead of it, and stresses the importance of as many people as possible having their say through the consultation on the closure plans, which closes on August 19th.

  • Tory Questions
    Article: Aug 9, 2018

    The Local Government Chronicle has reported that the former Conservative Leader of Northamptonshire County Council, Councillor Heather Smith, has quit the party and now sitting as an Independent.

    You can read the full story here.

  • Henry Vann
    Article: Aug 8, 2018

    Teachers have had a real-terms pay cut for years so lifting the pay cap for some teachers after pressure from the Liberal Democrats is good news. But, not all teachers will receive a real terms pay rise.

    Councillor Henry Vann, Bedford Borough Liberal Democrats Education spokesperson said "Even more worrying, there is no extra funding from the Treasury for this. Where is the money coming from? It can only be by putting new pressures on our already hard pressed schools and stealth cuts to other education programs and support. Whilst in Bedford Borough local Liberal Democrats are doing everything we can to support the teaching profession and our school leaders and Governors, this Government is doing everything it can to undermine this important work. The Government must, must fund education properly."