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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

  • Layla Moran (Chris McAndrew [CC BY 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)] https://pds.blog.parliament.uk/2017/07/21/mp-official-portraits-open-source-images/)
    Article: Jun 19, 2019

    Liberal Democrat MP Layla Moran will today urge the Government to repeal the Vagrancy Act at the launch of Crisis' report into the case for repealing.

    The MP for Oxford West and Abingdon held a debate in the House of Commons in January on her campaign to repeal the Vagrancy Act, which criminalises rough sleeping in England and Wales. Ms Moran also introduced a Bill to repeal it in February 2018.

    The report says that the Act "does not tackle the problems people have, and there is evidence that it can also push people further from the help they need."

    Speaking ahead of the launch, Layla Moran MP said "I absolutely welcome the publication of this report. You can't ignore the evidence and it is clear that the Government needs to repeal the Dickensian Vagrancy Act. It is making many people's situation even worse. Now is the time to act. I will not stop campaigning until we have scrapped this cruel law and we take a more compassionate approach to the homelessness crisis we are facing in this country. Almost 600 homeless people died on our streets in 2017 alone. We need to end this 'out of sight, out of mind' attitude that the Act promotes and get on with fixing the problem."

  • Layla Moran (Chris McAndrew [CC BY 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)] https://pds.blog.parliament.uk/2017/07/21/mp-official-portraits-open-source-images/)
    Article: Jun 19, 2019

    Liberal Democrat MP Layla Moran will today urge the Government to repeal the Vagrancy Act at the launch of Crisis' report into the case for repealing.

    The MP for Oxford West and Abingdon held a debate in the House of Commons in January on her campaign to repeal the Vagrancy Act, which criminalises rough sleeping in England and Wales. Ms Moran also introduced a Bill to repeal it in February 2018.

    The report says that the Act "does not tackle the problems people have, and there is evidence that it can also push people further from the help they need."

    Speaking ahead of the launch, Layla Moran MP said "I absolutely welcome the publication of this report. You can't ignore the evidence and it is clear that the Government needs to repeal the Dickensian Vagrancy Act. It is making many people's situation even worse. Now is the time to act. I will not stop campaigning until we have scrapped this cruel law and we take a more compassionate approach to the homelessness crisis we are facing in this country. Almost 600 homeless people died on our streets in 2017 alone. We need to end this 'out of sight, out of mind' attitude that the Act promotes and get on with fixing the problem."

  • Judith Jolly
    Article: Jun 18, 2019

    Responding to the Health Foundation's report which criticises the Conservative Government's long term plan for the NHS as being jeopardised by a lack of funding and rising demand, Liberal Democrat Health Spokesperson Judith Jolly said "It is unsurprising to see more voices joining the criticisms of the Tory Government's supposed 'long term plan' for the NHS. The strategy, which fails to account for the critical staffing shortages in our health service, does not deserve to be seen as a credible proposal let alone be called a 'long term plan'."

    Baroness Jolly added "Rather than cutting prevention services and ignoring social care as the Tories have, the Liberal Democrats would put 1p in income tax to inject £6 billion into our health service, as well as implement a national workforce strategy to tackle the staffing crisis. Our NHS saves thousands of lives, day in day out. But as the Conservatives continue to ignore the struggles of our doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals to meet the rising demand against the backdrop of Tory cuts, patients are being put at risk. Patients deserve better and the Liberal Democrats demand better. The Conservative Government's plan for the NHS is not fit for purpose."

  • Henry Vann
    Article: Jun 17, 2019

    Bedford Borough Council has commissioned experts to look at the impact of converting residential properties to shared houses, also known as 'Houses in Multiple Occupation' or 'HMOs'.

    Currently, houses can be converted into what are called 'small HMOs' for up to six people, without the need for planning permission.

  • Mayor Dave Hodgson at Bedford's Eid Celebration
    Article: Jun 16, 2019

    Earlier today Mayor Dave Hodgson visited Bedford's Eid Festival at the Addison Howard Park in Kempston.

    As well as fun events, food stalls and community organisations, Islamic Relief were also there raising awareness.

  • Mayor Dave Hodgson by Borough Hall in Bedford
    Article: Jun 15, 2019

    Mayor Dave Hodgson writes about the upcoming road works:

    I know very well what a big impact traffic congestion can have for people, with huge knock-on effects for their personal and working lives. That's why we're delivering the biggest ever investment in our roads to ease congestion at hotspots around Bedford including Cow Bridge and Ampthill Road on the south side of town and Clapham Road/A6/Manton Lane to the north.

    The grant money we won for the Transporting Bedford 2020 project has to be spent by April 2021, and with numerous major works taking place to get traffic moving, we have to crack on with them. The next works beginning under this programme are at Britannia Road, by the hospital, and you can read more about that scheme here.

    Those works will inevitably cause disruption, and another set of works to do that will be Network Rail's closure of Bromham Road Bridge from June 24th until Spring 2020. What is especially hard to take about these works is that we are due to get a downgraded rail service after they're finished due to decisions by the government.

    Details of Network Rail's works can be found here.

    One silver lining is that we have won their agreement to enable us to build a much-needed cycle and foot bridge alongside the road bridge after it's completed. They will also have a temporary cycle and foot bridge in place during the works.

    We'll be monitoring the works closely and ensuring Network Rail does everything it can to minimise disruption and inconvenience, while taking any action we can in terms of easing traffic around town.

  • The Logo for The Higgins Bedford
    Article: Jun 14, 2019

    The Higgins Bedford is joining Bedford Central Library, The Place Theatre, A Different Brew Café and other partners to celebrate Refugee Week 2019.

    Refugee Week is a national programme of arts, cultural and educational events that celebrate the contribution of refugees in the UK. There will the chance to discover stories of displacement, explore the lives of refugees and the people who welcomed them through the generations, all around this year's theme of 'You, Me and Those Who Came Before. '

  • Silver Street in Bedford Town Centre on a Busy Shopping Day
    Article: Jun 13, 2019

    Thanks to the Town Centre Champions community group and 77 independent businesses who have signed up to take part, Bedford's first Fiver Fest is under way and runs through until Saturday 15th June.

    Fiver Fest is a celebration of small businesses and shops, with local traders putting on special £5 offers over 1 week to help promote and showcase the range and quality of retailers and attractions in the town centre, and to thank those who support them. It is running for a week, having kicked off on Saturday 8th June.