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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

    Article: Aug 20, 2018

    Bedford Borough Liberal Democrat Homelessness campaigner Tim Caswell has revealed that more than 100,000 prisoners across England and Wales left prison for "unsettled" or "unknown" accommodation in the last three years, almost half of the 220,411 prisoners released in that period.

    Tim said the new figures proved "Many of those released without accomodation will have to sleep rough or endure other forms of homelessness and this group is much more likely to reoffend than those who have stable housing upon release."

  • Mayor Dave Hodgson with St Paul's Church
    Article: Aug 19, 2018

    Northamptonshire's Conservative Council chaos has made news in unlikely places, the pages of the New York Times!

    We all know the Conservative government have been starving local councils of funding and in some places this has been compounded by bad local decision-making. The article examines some of the issues facing local councils across England.

  • Mayor Dave Hodgson and other Liberal Democrat Campaigners at Bedfordshire CCG HQ to present the petition to save Putnoe Walk-In Centre
    Article: Aug 18, 2018

    Mayor Dave Hodgson joined fellow Liberal Democrat Campaigners at the Bedfordshire NHS Clinical Commissioniong Group's Headquarters to submit their petition and call for clarity for residents and certainty over an ongoing walk-in service, following the shock closure of the consultation on its future ten days early.

  • Junior Swinathlon Poster
    Article: Aug 17, 2018

    The Bedford Junior Aquathlon is back Sunday 23rd September, it will take place at Robinson Pool and Bedford Park and is open to anyone in school years 3 -11.

    The event involves swimming and then quickly changing before going into the park to run. It is friendly and well organised morning and usually attracts about 150 people.

  • Henry Vann
    Article: Aug 16, 2018

    Exam celebrations for students and staff took place across Bedford Borough today with provisional figures showing that over 98% of our pupils achieved at least 1 A* to E grade and 82% of our students achieved 3 or more A* to E grades at A-level; an increase of around 4% on last year.

    Councillor Henry Vann, Portfolio Holder for Education, said "Huge congratulations to all young people receiving their results across Bedford Borough today and the very best of luck as you look ahead towards the next steps into work or onto more study in further and higher education. Thanks, as well, to the parents, carers and teachers who supported our students and helped them to achieve their potential."

  • Intercity and Commuter Trains at Bedford Station
    Article: Aug 15, 2018

    Mayor Dave Hodgson has said it will be a 'scandal' if the predicted 3.5% rail fare increase for next year is imposed on Bedford rail users, in light of the reduced and failing services they are experiencing.

    The increase is set to be announced on Wednesday, 15th August, when official inflation figures are released, but Mayor Dave has said that any increase should apply to Bedford rail users due to the ongoing misery they are suffering in return for the high fares they pay.

  • Vince Cable twitter page
    Article: Aug 14, 2018

    The pay of FTSE 100 chief executives has soared by 11% in the past year, according to analysis by CIPD/High Pay Centre.

    This is partly inflated by a £47.1m payout for Jeff Fairburn, the chief executive at Persimmon. The housebuilding group has benefited greatly from the Government's Help to Buy scheme, which helped trigger the enormous payout.

    Responding, Liberal Democrat leader Vince Cable said "Despite so many efforts, including my own legislation, to ensure there is moderation in executive pay, some companies are still getting away with unjustifiable awards. What is particularly galling and outrageous is the Persimmon payout, because the firm is profiting as a result of a government subsidy, not the performance of the company."

  • Football
    Article: Aug 12, 2018

    As the new football season kicks off, former Liberal Democrat Leader Tim Farron has called for the Government to throw its weight behind the campaigns to introduce safe standing at football and to cap tickets at £20.

    The Liberal Democrat MP has warned Conservative Ministers to "take football reforms by the scruff of the neck".

    His party - the first party to do so - wants the Government to scrap existing legislation that prevents clubs from introducing safe standing. This would give fans the choice to stand as they get behind their team.

    He has also backed the Football Supporters' Federation's campaign, 'Twenty's Plenty', which wants clubs to cap away tickets in the Premier League at £20.