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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

  • Cllr Wendy Rider
    Article: Apr 18, 2019

    Following reports that one in four NHS wards routinely operate at unsafe staffing levels, Bedford Borough Liberal Democrat Health Spokesperson Councillor Wendy Rider said:"When there are not enough nurses, patient care suffers, and lives are put at risk."

    Wendy added "The Tories, hopelessly distracted by Brexit, are sitting on their hands as staffing shortages worsen. Not to mention that since the referendum, the UK has also seen a dramatic fall in EU nurses with an overall decrease of 5000 European nurses since September 2016. Liberal Democrats have long called for a national workforce strategy and significant investment into nurse education to ensure nursing figures rise and safe staffing levels are achieved. To fail to act is to put lives at risk. Liberal Democrats demand better for nurses, demand better for patients, and demand better for the NHS."

  • Mayor Dave Hodgson by the River in Bedford
    Article: Apr 17, 2019

    Mayor Dave Hodgson will be appearing at the final mayoral election hustings later this week, at Bedford Blues Rugby Club on Goldington Road on Thursday 18th April.

    The event is jointly hosted by BBC Three Counties Radio and the Bedford Independent, with BBC 3CR's drivetime presenter Roberto Perrone chairing proceedings. The hustings will be broadcast live on Roberto's drivetime show, commencing at 5:30pm and concluding at 7pm. It will also be live streamed on Facebook.

  • Dean Crofts
    Article: Apr 17, 2019

    Responding to the news that landlords will lose the right to evict renters without a reason at the end of their fixed-term tenancy, Bedford Borough Liberal Democrat Housing Spokesperson Dean Crofts said "The housing crisis has left many renters at the mercy of their landlords in an unfair and distorted rental market. Section 21 notices have allowed landlords to turf out tenants without reason, leaving many too frightened to complain about poor conditions."

  • Mayor Dave Hodgson with the Solar Panels on Borough Hall
    Article: Apr 16, 2019

    In his latest regular email, Mayor Dave Hodgson has looked back at his record on protecting our local and wider environment, which includes halving Council carbon emissions thanks to a range of bold and effective action. He also looked ahead and his target of zero carbon by 2030 and his commitment to measures including scrapping all single-use plastics from across the Council, and installing 300 new electric vehicle charging points at 150 sites

  • Mayor Dave Hodgson in front of Ford End Rd Bridge, Bedford
    Article: Apr 15, 2019

    In his latest monthly column for the Bedford Independent, Mayor Dave Hodgson has written of the benefits of his plans for the Prebend Street Relief Road and other schemes in tackling congestion and improving quality of life for local residents.

    He also notes that the relief road and the long list of congestion-busting works taking place under his Transporting Bedford 2020 programme will be a boost for local jobs and the economy, helping Bedford Borough to maintain the stunning jobs growth which has dramatically outstripped regional and national rates since Mayor Dave was elected.

  • Mayor Dave Hodgson and Cllr Wendy Rider at Bedford Midland railway station
    Article: Apr 14, 2019

    Mayor Dave Hodgson has slammed the Government after the arrangements published this week for the new intercity rail franchise confirmed the Conservatives' removal of Bedford from its historic place on the Intercity Rail network.

    Mayor Dave had warned previously of the Govenrment's plans to downgrade Bedford station by removing intercity services and replacing them with commuter-style services which run between Corby and London. Local Conservatives accused him of scaremongering over rail services, only for the final franchise specification and then this week's franchise announcement confirming the Tories' downgrade decision.

  • Mayor Dave Hodgson speaking at the Bedfordshire Climate Change Forum Election Hustings
    Article: Apr 13, 2019

    Mayor Dave Hodgson has thanked everyone who attended the Bedfordshire Climate Change Forum's mayoral election hustings on Wednesday night, following a debate in which Mayor Dave discussed his record of cutting Council carbon emissions by half, and his plan to target zero carbon by 2030.

    Commenting after the event, Mayor Dave thanked the BCCF and everyone who came out to the well-attended hustings for what he described as a 'really good debate on the issues'.

  • Mayor Dave Hodgson with St Paul's Church
    Article: Apr 12, 2019

    The New Statesman has put the focus on the Bedford Borough Mayoral elections in a newly-published article which notes the Council's 'remarkable success story compared with the neighbouring Conservative-run Northamptonshire county council'.

    The piece includes comments from Mayor Dave Hodgson, who comments on the massive ongoing government funding cuts being suffered by councils. He adds that Bedford Borough has avoided the financial crises and collapses seen elsewhere by "keeping very tight control over our budget".