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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 at Bedford Library
    Article: May 22, 2019

    The summer half-term is nearly here, and there are lots of completely free activities for the kids across Bedford Borough's local libraries.

    Arts and craft sessions at the libraries this half-term have a spring-time theme, with sunflower coasters, flower pot decoration, bookmark design, go outdoors planting, scratch art magnet making, and more.

  • The Higgins Bedford
    Article: May 21, 2019

    This May half-term The Higgins Bedford will be celebrating National Children's Gardening Week with family-friendly activities and workshops. All of the fun is inspired by the current exhibition, Round and Round the Garden - A Celebration of Horticulture in Art.

    National Children's Gardening Week is a great chance to get the kids out this half-term, trying something new, and getting creative.

  • Article: May 20, 2019

    Brexit is a national embarrassment - and it's going to hurt young people more than anyone else.

    It leaves us weaker in the fight against the climate crisis.

    It strips our universities of millions of pounds of funding.

    It takes away our right to live in, work in, travel in and fall in love with the 27 other countries of the European Union.

  • 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."