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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 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 by the River in Bedford
    Article: Jan 23, 2019

    Mayor Dave Hodgson has announced another three significant upgrades to road junctions across Bedford. Each of the upgrades are designed help to tackle congestion at well-known hotspots, improve the day-to-day experience of local road users, and help get traffic moving across Bedford.

    The works are as follows:

  • EU Flag
    Article: Jan 22, 2019

    The Liberal Democrats have welcomed the Prime Minister's u-turn to drop the £65 fee for EU nationals seeking settled status following Brexit.

    We need to make it clear to EU citizens living and working in the UK that they are welcome and that they contribute so much, in so many ways to the UK. Dropping this fee will help but it is not clear the Home Office is fit to actually oversee the process and it needs to looked at again.

  • Police Funding graphic
    Article: Jan 21, 2019

    Bedford Borough Liberal Democrats are calling for more funding for our police, and have launched a petition calling for £300million extra.

    The problem with police funding is nationwide, but Bedfordshire Police particularly suffer from severe underfunding in comparison to other police forces, as they are considered a small rural force!

  • Councillor Sarah Gallagher with the RSPB Birdwatch pack ()
    Article: Jan 20, 2019
    Next weekend will see the RSPB's Big Garden Birdwatch take place between 26-28th. You can help by spending an hour watching out for, and recording, birds.
    Sign up in advance and get a FREE postal pack, or take part online and get access to Big Garden Extra. Read more at https://www.rspb.org.uk/get-involved/activities/birdwatch/
  • Councillor Sarah Gallagher in Shortstown
    Article: Jan 19, 2019

    The Higgins will see a new exhibition and a speical event next month.

    From 9th Febrarury British artist and designer Edward Bawden's work (1903-1989) is the focus of the new 'Home and Abroad' exhibition. This exhibition focuses on how Bawden's immediate surroundings and overseas travels influenced his art.

  • Coins
    Article: Jan 18, 2019

    Bedford Borough Council has published budget proposals which once again protect key services and keep council tax down for hard-pressed local taxpayers.

    Under Mayor Dave Hodgson, Bedford Borough Council has a remarkable record of saving services which have commonly been subject to widespread cuts across the country.

  • Holocaust Memorial Day Logo
    Article: Jan 17, 2019

    Holocaust Memorial Day events will once again be taking place in Bedford, on Sunday 27th January.

    Holocaust Memorial Day is the international day to remember those killed under Nazi persecution and in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.

    The Holocaust Memorial Day Trust describes this day as "a time when we seek to learn the lessons of the past and recognise that genocide does not just take place on its own - it's a steady process which can begin if discrimination, racism and hatred are not checked and prevented."

  • Mayor Dave Hodgson and Cllr Charles Royden with Average Speed Camera Signs
    Article: Jan 16, 2019

    Mayor Dave Hodgson has announced another expansion of his popular programme to install average speed cameras where local communities have called for them.

    The extension of the programme is in defiance of the government's refusal to reinvest any of the fines generated to the local area, and instead to hoard the cash in Whitehall.

    In response to residents in communities across the borough naming action on speeding as a top priority, in 2012 Mayor Dave made Bedford Borough the first place in the country to introduce the more effective average speed cameras on local roads.

    The first set was erected in Milton Ernest, and the village along with other communities to have cameras installed have witnessed their dramatic impact in reducing speeds. Now, as part of budget proposals published this week, another five locations are set to benefit from the improved public safety and enhanced quality of life that the cameras can deliver in speeding hotspots.

    Commenting, Mayor Dave Hodgson said: "Residents in communities were across the borough tell me that action on speeding is a clear priority for them, so it's a clear priority for me. That's why we made Bedford Borough the first place in the country to install the more effective average speed cameras on local roads, and it's why I'm announcing a further expansion of this popular programme today.

    "We could do even more if central government returned some of the fines to the local area for the benefit of local road users. But this new batch of sites will mean another five communities benefit from improved road safety and quite simply a better quality of life for local residents."