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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

  • Riverside North artist's impression
    Article: Apr 29, 2017

    The first completions have taken place at Riverside North, the exciting new development which is bringing town centre cinema back to Bedford alongside new riverside restaurants, public space, a hotel and more.

    The cinema, hotel and first restaurant units have been completed and handed over to operators Vue, Premier Inn, Coal Bar & Grill, Miller & Carter, Bella Italia and Gourmet Burger Kitchen, who will all now begin their 'fit outs'. The first of these is expected to open to the public in the coming months with further openings this summer. Other brands confirmed for Riverside North include Wagamama and MEXIco, the latest brand from the Prezzo group.

  • Steve Rutherford
    Article: Apr 24, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats have selected Steve Rutherford as their candidate for North East Bedfordshire in the forthcoming General Election.

    "This election gives people a chance to send a clear message on the Tories' Hard Brexit plans, on public services and on how we see ourselves in the world. I believe in an open, tolerant and fair Britain. This government has shown it doesn't, while Labour has nothing to say on the key issues.'

    "North East Bedfordshire for has been my home for eighteen years and it is an honour to be selected to stand here for the Lib Dems."

  • Cllr David Sawyer, Mayor Dave Hodgson and Cllr Henry Vann at a Local Surgery
    Article: Apr 24, 2017

    Announcing his candidacy for the Bedford and Kempston constituency for the Liberal Democrats, Education Portfolio Holder, Councillor Henry Vann said:

    "Residents of Bedford and Kempston have been let down repeatedly by the Tory Government. They are closing our magistrates court, threatening to downgrade our hospital, putting school budgets under pressure and slashing funding for social care for the vulnerable.

    At this election we can show the Conservative government what we think about their assault on public services in Bedford and Kempston. We can also send a message about the 'hard Brexit' Theresa May is inflicting on the country and the Government's failure to guarantee the rights of EU citizens.

    Only the Lib Dems can stop the destruction a Conservative majority will bring for local services and for Britain's future prosperity."

  • Tim Farron and Dave Hodgson, EU Referendum
    Article: Apr 19, 2017

    Liberal Democrat Leader Tim Farron responds to snap general election announcement.

    If you want to avoid a disastrous Hard Brexit. if you want to keep Britain in the Single Market. If you want a Britain that is open, tolerant and united this is your chance.

    What this means for Britain

    Only the Liberal Democrats can prevent a Conservative majority.

  • Borough Hall in Bedford
    Article: Apr 10, 2017

    Ofsted has today published its latest report on Children's Services in Bedford Borough and whilst the services 'Require Improvement to be Good' the Inspectors have acknowledged the quality of leadership, both political and professional, that has been overseeing an improvement journey instigated by the Borough in 2014.

  • Cllr Tim Hill Outside Elstow Primary School
    Article: Apr 7, 2017

    Organised by Local Councillor Tim Hill, Elstow Primary School saw a high visibility events against illegal parking outside the local school.

    These events saw local Police, parking officers, and Portfolio Holder for Transport Cllr Charles Royden all in attendance, observing parking behaviour and challenging those parking inconsiderately.

  • Dave Hodgson
    Article: Apr 3, 2017

    Bedford Borough Council and Central Bedfordshire Council have won further funding as part of the One Public Estate programme.

    Over half a million pounds was awarded last year to enable a programme of initiatives aimed at improving the management of public sector assets; and this month a further £197,500 was granted as part of the second phase of the national project.

  • Bedford Hospital entrance
    Article: Mar 14, 2017

    - Mayor Dave calls for community to deliver 'resounding message' in opposition to the plans 'before it's too late'

    Mayor Dave Hodgson has spoken out against new proposals for A&E, Maternity and Paediatric services to each be downgraded in at least one of Bedford, Luton or Milton Keynes Hospitals. He has also called for residents to deliver a resounding message in support of Bedford Hospital in response to the proposals.