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You can keep up to date with our general election candidates Henry Vann for Bedford & Kempston, Daniel Norton for North East Bedfordshire and Rachel McGann for Mid Bedfordshire. If you can offer to help their campaigns please email help@bedfordlibdems.org.uk, call 0333 011 9964 or click here.

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

  • Jo Swinson
    Article: Dec 7, 2019

    The Liberal Democrats have announced they would triple funding for disadvantaged children aged three and four attending nurseries and other childcare providers.

    The Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP) - introduced by Liberal Democrats in Government in 2015 - gives childcare providers up to £302 extra a year for all disadvantaged children aged three and four that they look after. Around 99,000 children a year benefit from the extra funding.

    Since May 2015, the Conservatives have frozen the EYPP in cash terms. Liberal Democrats would triple the EYPP to £1,000 per child, costing £65 million to £70 million in 2024/25.

    In addition, Liberal Democrats will support families on low incomes by:

  • Real Change Poster by the Bedford Homeless Partnership
    Article: Dec 6, 2019

    Posters have been going up across Bedford Borough to raise awareness about services and support for rough sleepers. Alongside this, the Bedford Homeless Partnership has established an alternative giving fund, which will be known as "Real Change".

    The Real Change Fund will pay for projects and items rough sleepers need to build lives away from the streets. Examples would be a copy of a birth certificate, to help claim benefits; clothes for a job interview, or a deposit for a flat.

  • Daniel Norton at a rural bus stop in North East Bedfordshire
    Article: Dec 5, 2019

    The Liberal Democrats have revealed that bus users in Lib Dem-led Bedford Borough and Conservative-run Central Bedfordshire are receiving drastically different services.

    In Bedford Borough, the Lib Dems have expanded the number of miles covered by local busses from 2.5 million miles in 2013/14 to 3.4 million miles in 2017/18 (latest available statistics). Meanwhile, the Conservatives in Central Bedfordshire have reduced services from 4.1 million miles to 3.3 million miles.

  • Mayor Dave Hodgson visits the 'Somewhere Safe to Stay' Hub
    Article: Dec 4, 2019

    Rough sleepers in Bedford Borough will be able to access emergency beds every night throughout the winter, not just when temperatures drop below freezing.

    This means that for the second successive year in Bedford Borough accommodation will be available every night throughout the winter to 31 March, with 22 extra beds every night rather than just basic emergency beds in very cold weather.

  • Daniel Norton at Riseley Primary School
    Article: Dec 3, 2019

    Daniel Norton, Liberal Democrat candidate for North East Bedfordshire, has welcomed the major investment in local schools in Bedford Borough Council's updated capital investment programme.

    The £200m capital programme includes a new main block at Riseley Primary School and increased capacity in Wixams.

  • Mayor Dave Hodgson at SoupFest 2018
    Article: Dec 2, 2019

    Bedford's Homelessness Awareness Week is underway, with lots of varied events taking place throughout the week and beyond.

    Tonight, The Place Theatre has a production of On Hold, inspired by real-life experiences of families in temporary accommodation. Tickets are just £5 and available here.

    On Tuesday, December 3rd, the ever popular SoupFest returns to Harpur Square between 11.30 and 3.30pm. More details here. Pictured is Mayor Dave Hodgson at last year's SoupFest.

  • Henry Vann at Bedford Railway Station
    Article: Dec 1, 2019

    The recent publication of the consultation on plans for services on the East Midlands Railway franchise from December 2020 confirmed local rail users' worst fears, and revealed the extent of the damage done by the Conservatives' removal of Bedford from its historic place on the intercity rail map.

    The consultation reveals that, just as local Liberal Democrats have warned since the Conservatives announced their intentions for a downgrade of services from Bedford station, Bedford will lose its direct rail link to the midlands and have slower trains to London than the current intercity services.

  • Hilde Hendrickx
    Article: Nov 30, 2019

    Last week's Road Safety Week had a theme of 'Step Up for Safe Streets', which is all about enabling us all to get around in safe and healthy ways, every day.

    That was a clear message of a recent Children's Overview and Scrutiny Committee meeting, where councillors heard from children from Wootton who have been campaigning on the issue of road safety in their community. Bedford Borough Liberal Democrat Children's OSC spokesperson and Committee Chair Cllr Hilde Hendrickx issued a call for motorists to help children stay safe around schools, and you can read more of her comments and the action the Council is taking on road safety here.