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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

  • Network Rail logo
    Article: Jun 23, 2019

    Network Rail's Bromham Road Bridge closures starts on Monday 24th June and will run until Spring 2020.

    This is to allow them to safely demolish and raise the bridge as part of their Midland Main Line upgrade. A diversion via the A6 and Clapham Road will be clearly signposted.

    This full closure follows earlier partial and overnight closures to allow for preparation ahead of this demolition.

  • Chuka Umunna
    Article: Jun 22, 2019

    Figures released this week show that HMRC are losing tens of billions in lost tax revenue.

    During 2016/17, HMRC estimated that the shortfall was approximately £33 billion.

    Commenting on these figures, which are equivalent to the entire budget for Housing and the Environment, Liberal Democrat Business and Treasury spokesperson Chuka Umunna said "For every extra pound the Government invests in HMRC, tax collection, clamping down on tax avoidance and evasion, it gets many more pounds in return but HMRC is simply not being given the resources it needs by Ministers to do the job. Continuing to underfund HMRC is a false economy."

  • Mayor Dave Hodgson by the River in Bedford
    Article: Jun 21, 2019

    Mayor Dave Hodgson has announced a series of new initiatives including a climate change fund, support for young people, local public realm improvements and further measures to attract people to Bedford town centre. Alongside the new initiatives, continued funding is also set to be allocated for the successful Bedford Jobs Hub.

  • Bicycles in bike rack.
    Article: Jun 20, 2019

    Today is Clean Air Day, and Mayor Dave Hodgson has emphasised the importance of this 'critical issue', which the council is tackling in a range of ways.

    Commenting on Facebook, Mayor Dave said:

    "It's #CleanAirDay2019 today. Air pollution really is a critical issue and an unseen but major factor for the health of us all.'

  • Faith in Queens Park Windrush Celebration
    Article: Jun 20, 2019

    Faith in Queens Park (FiQP) in partnership with All Saint's Parish Church is hosting a service and celebration of the contribution of the Windrush Generation and their descendants. You are cordially invited to join us for the event, please find the details below:

    Windrush Service and Celebration

    Saturday 22.06.19 at 11.a.m.

  • 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.