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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

  • Mayor Dave Hodgson on the River at 2018 River Festival
    Article: Jul 18, 2018

    Mayor Dave Hodgson has said a 'huge thank you' to everyone who visited and everyone involved in the 40th anniversary Bedford River Festival.

    Writing on his Facebook page, where you can see photos and videos from across the weekend, Mayor Dave said:

    "What a weekend. A huge, huge thank you to everyone who came and to everyone involved in the River Festival in any way, however large or small. I think it's fair to say the 40th anniversary was celebrated in style!"

  • Putnoe Med Centre
    Article: Jul 17, 2018

    There has been more bad news about the future of Putnoe walk-in Centre. Bedfordshire NHS commissioners (BCCG) have changed their plan to provide a 'like-for-like' walk-in centre replacement at the former North Wing hospital site, and instead are planning to close the walk-in centre altogether in May 2019, after first reducing its hours from this October. You can see local Liberal Democrat campaigner Christine McHugh discussing this on facebook.

  • Virtual Orchestra
    Article: Jul 16, 2018

    Visitors to the River Festival may have noticed the Virtual Orchestra in Riverside Square. The Virtual Orchestra is an immersive experience from the Philharmonia Orchestra and has a 10-room installation where you can play along and sit on stage with the orchestra.

    The Virtual Orchestra will be in Riverside Square until 10th August. You can find out more and book your free tickets here.

  • River Festival Programmes
    Article: Jul 14, 2018

    Bedford's 40th Anniversary River Festival is this weekend, on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th July. This year's event is set to be the biggest and best yet, and you can download a programme (including site map) on the council website at www.bedford.gov.uk/riverfestival.

    Commenting, Mayor Dave Hodgson said: "I've seen the Bedford River Festival change and grow since the town first celebrated opening of a navigable route to the sea from Bedford forty years ago. It's now one of the biggest free festivals in the country, and the fortieth anniversary Bedford River Festival this weekend will be even bigger and better than ever.'

  • Putnoe Medical Centre
    Article: Jul 13, 2018

    Mayor Dave Hodgson has launched a rallying cry for local people to have their say on the plans for the closure of Putnoe Walk-Centre, after NHS Commissioners launched a consultation on their proposals to close it in May next year.

    In a statement on his Facebook page, Mayor Dave wrote:

    "URGENT: Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group has launched a consultation on its plan to close Putnoe Walk-In Centre.

  • Henry Vann
    Article: Jul 10, 2018

    Responding to Govia Thameslink Railway's decision to compensate only season ticket holders despite the recent railway chaos, Bedford Liberal Democrat Councillor and commuter Councillor Henry Vann said "It is all very well desperately offering compensation late in the day, but this is rubbish. Thousands have found themselves stranded by Thameslink's incompetence with little to compensate them but the Government's feeble excuses.

    Henry added "Not only does this frankly rubbish offer fail to reach many of those who don't buy season tickets, but it also fails to address the more important issue: when will we get our fast trains back and when will the Government get to grips with the incompetent level of service on our trains on their watch? Take action now, re-instate Bedford's fast trains, and offer everyone affected proper compensation."

  • Thameslink train
    Article: Jul 9, 2018

    Thameslink have published their new timetables, these will come into effect from Sunday 15th July. Let's hope they stick to these better than the last ones and that they can quickly get back to the providing a full service. You can view the new timetable here.

  • Dave Hodgson
    Article: Jul 8, 2018

    Mayor Dave Hodgson marked the NHS's 70th birthday earlier this week by paying tribute to NHS staff across Bedford Borough for all they do on behalf of us all.

    Commenting on his Facebook page, Mayor Dave said "On the 70th anniversary of the birth of the NHS, I want to say a big 'thank you' to all NHS staff across Bedford Borough for all that they do to help keep people safe and well. The way that staff at Bedford Hospital have maintained standards in the shadow of the threat from Government/NHS bosses of a major downgrade over ten years or more has been remarkable.' And of course staff across all health services across the Borough are due thanks for all that they do on behalf of all of us. My thanks to them all."