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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

  • Kite
    Article: May 19, 2019

    Bedford International Kite Festival comes back to Russell Park on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd June.

    For the first time, this well-established Festival will be joined by the inaugural Bedford Festival of Motoring. This year will also see 'Party in the Park' on Saturday evening, hosted by the team behind the dance stage at 2018 River Festival.

  • Fight Climate Change
    Article: May 18, 2019

    The UK is at risk of losing the ability to monitor climate change if a Brexit deal is not agreed the Liberal Democrats have warned today.

    If the UK leaves the EU then we will no longer be able to participate in the Copernicus programme as a member state and will have no role in how it is run. This is the most ambitious Earth Observation programme to date and provides accurate information to improve the management of the environment in order to tackle the effects of climate change.

    The Copernicus programme is not the only satellite programme the UK could lose access to. The Prime Minister has already made clear the UK will not use the Galileo satellite for defence or critical national infrastructure once the UK leaves the EU.

    The UK currently has no existing way to launch satellites into space, with the last one being launched in 1971, when Black Arrow carried a satellite called Prospero into low Earth orbit, albeit from a launchpad in Australia.

    The Conservative Government are rumoured to be proposing new measures to safeguard space infrastructure as part of their first defence space strategy. However, experts have widely critiqued the strategy as completely unfeasible due to the amount it would cost.

  • Mayor Dave Hodgson Cuts the Ribbon at the Reopening of the Queens Drive Post Office
    Article: May 17, 2019

    Mayor Dave Hodgson helped re-open the Post Office at Queens Drive Shopping Parade on Wednesday in Goldington, Bedford. Mayor Dave joined the Postmaster and colleagues in the Londis store to celebrate the reintroduction of the range of Post Office services, at the same location as the branch that closed with the former shop on the site.

  • Mayor Dave Hodgson at Bedford Library
    Article: May 17, 2019

    Looking for half- term activites for the kids? There's lots happening at our local libraries with crafts and colouring, all completely free. Find out more here http://ow.ly/Q0nL50ucD

  • Sir Vince Cable at a #peoplesvote march in 2017 (Photograph: Niklas Hallen/AFP/Getty Images)
    Article: May 16, 2019

    The Liberal Democrats have today committed to campaigning for an EU-wide ban on fracking because of its negative impacts on climate change, the energy mix and our environment.

    Liberal Democrat Leader Vince Cable will be discussing the party's commitment to the environment with shoppers at a Zero waste shop 'Unwrapped' in Sheffield later today. He will say the Lib Dem manifesto is a "blueprint for what the UK could achieve if Brexit was stopped."

    The party is calling for Europe to adopt a net zero greenhouse gas emissions target by 2050, higher EU standards of and greater investment in energy efficiency, an ambitious EU-wide action plan on deforestation and immediate action to tackle the use of plastics through a new binding international treaty.

    Leader of the Liberal Democrats Vince Cable said "We are unequivocal in our commitment to an EU-wide ban on fracking. But we can only achieve what is needed to face up to the climate emergency by working together with our international partners as a leading member of the European Union. To proceed with Brexit would be to throw away the biggest tool we have in the battle against climate change. Every vote for the Liberal Democrats is a vote to Stop Brexit and protect our planet for the future generations."

  • Dave Hodgson with river behind
    Article: May 15, 2019

    Following his recent re-election for a fourth term, Mayor Dave Hodgson has announced his new Cabinet. The new Bedford Borough Council Executive features one Independent and three Labour members in addition to 4 Liberal Democrat Councillors, reflecting the Liberal Democrats' increased strength in becoming the largest group on the Council following their six gains in the May 2nd Council elections.

  • Dave Hodgson
    Article: May 13, 2019

    Mayor Dave Hodgson has signalled his intent to hit the ground running after being re-elected.

    Dave said "The election period was a busy time, but with major challenges ahead there is no time to waste in tackling them. I have been holding discussions with representatives and individuals from each council group through this week to help establish and consolidate good working relationships. The first announcement of my new term was the establishment of a new Climate Change Cabinet committee, with involvement from all parties."

  • Bedford Station
    Article: May 12, 2019

    Govia Thameslink (GTR) have announced that Bedford Station will be given £80,000 extra funding as compensation for being one of the worst affected by the May 2018 timetable change.

    A spokesman for Govia Thameslink Railway said: "We recognise that industry-wide failures in delivering the May timetable last year created huge difficulties for our passengers.