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Welcome to the website for Bedford Borough 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

  • Bedford Jobs Hub ()
    Article: Aug 17, 2019

    Bedford Borough Council has confirmed continued funding for The Jobs Hub, ensuring this service can continue to help people find a new job, or get started on the career ladder.

    The Jobs Hub, on Greyfriars, provides career advice and guidance to people of all ages who live in Bedford Borough to find work, training and apprenticeships. This can include helping job seekers find a job, gain new skills, or change careers.

  • exam room
    Article: Aug 16, 2019

    Exam celebrations for students and staff took place across Bedford Borough today with provisional figures showing that nearly 99% [98.9%] of our pupils achieved at least 1 A* to E grade and 83.8% of our students achieved 3 or more A* to E grades at A-level; an increase from 2018.

    Well done to everyone on their results and we wish you the very best of luck as you look ahead towards the next steps into work or onto further and higher education. Thanks to all the parents, carers and teachers who supported students.

  • Mayor Dave Hodgson joins the celebrations on India Independence Day in Bedford
    Article: Aug 15, 2019

    India Indepedence Day celebrations took place in Bedford today, with a flag-raising, speeches and entertainment in Harpur Square in the town centre. Mayor Dave Hodgson was among the speakers at the event, which took place bright and early at 7:30am.

    Honoured guests in attendance at the event, organised by the band Han Bedford community group, included the Indian High Commissioner to the UK, Ruchi Ghanashyam.

  • Sarah Wollaston
    Article: Aug 15, 2019

    The Liberal Democrats are delighted to announce that Totnes MP Dr Sarah Wollaston has joined the party.

    Sarah Wollaston joins the Liberal Democrats, having held the seat since 2010. She is the third new MP to join the Liberal Democrats in the last few months following Jane Dodds' by-election victory in Brecon and Radnorshire, and Chuka Umunna joining the party.

    Commenting, Liberal Democrat MP Sarah Wollaston said "I am delighted to be joining the Liberal Democrats under the leadership of Jo Swinson. I believe the best way for me to represent my constituents in Totnes is to be working as part of a fantastic team of Liberal Democrat MPs who are unequivocally making the case for us to remain at the heart of Europe, as well as campaigning for social justice, the environment and our public services."

    Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Jo Swinson said "I am delighted to welcome Sarah to the Liberal Democrats. We have worked together for many months to fight to stop Brexit and, as one of the most respected Members of Parliament, she brings real expertise to our team. The Liberal Democrats are growing - over 30,000 people, alongside Sarah, have joined us since our best ever results in the European Elections in May. As the strongest party for Remainers, we will lead the fight to stop Brexit."

  • Mayor Dave Hodgson joining Pakistan Independence Day Celebrations in Bedford
    Article: Aug 14, 2019

    Today is Pakistan Independence Day, and the Pakistan flag was raised at Bedford's Old Town Hall today in a ceremony at lunchtime. The flag-raising was followed by a reception in The Harpur Suite, where Mayor Dave Hodgson was among the speakers.

    Commenting on Facebook, Mayor Dave said: "Happy Pakistan Independence Day! The Pakistan flag is flying today at the historic Old Town Hall, and I was pleased to help mark the occasion at the flag raising and reception earlier."

  • Hilde Hendrickx
    Article: Aug 14, 2019

    Responding to Boris Johnson's announcement on investing in prison security, Bedford Borough Liberal Democrat Crime and Policing spokesperson Councillor Hilde Hendrickx said "This is yet another hollow move by Boris Johnson to seem tough on crime, but yet again fails to tackle the causes of crime. The further funding announced is still not being used to rehabilitate people to stop them committing crimes in the first place."

    Hilde added "Boris Johnson can lock people up for longer or search people on their way in and out of prison, but none of this bravado will actually make our streets safer. Instead of just talking tough, it's time Boris Johnson looked at the evidence in front of him. The Liberal Democrats in government would invest in rehabilitation and reverse Tory cuts to community police officers and youth services to actually cut crime right across the UK."

  • Bedford Borough Council
    Article: Aug 13, 2019

    Booking is now open for Bedford Borough Council's 'Active Adults' Sports Courses.

    These are relaxed, informal sports sessions aimed at the over 35s, and are ideal for people who maybe haven't done a sport for a long time or who would like to have a go at something new.

    As well as Badminton, Tennis, FitSteps, Golf, Indoor Bowls, Martial Arts, Nordic Walking, Pilates, Walking Football and Yoga, there are new activities this term including Clubbercise, Dance Yourself Fit, Fit in the Park, Just Play Football, SwingStreetJazz Solo Dance Class and Yoga in the Evenings.

  • Dean Crofts
    Article: Aug 12, 2019

    According to Pulse's annual survey of waiting times, for the first time ever the average wait for a routine GP appointment is now more than two weeks.

    Responding to the survey, Bedford Borough Liberal Democrat Health spokesperson Councillor Dean Crofts said "The waiting time figures released today must be condemned. To see for the first time ever that patients are having to wait over two weeks for a GP appointment makes a mockery of the care the NHS seeks to provide, showing what Conservative cuts have done to our healthcare system. This looks like the beginning of the collapse of the general practice system. GPs are tired, overworked and do not want to work in inner cities or rural areas. Older GPs are choosing to retire early due to taxation disincentives and many young ones choose not to practise at all."

    Dean added "The Conservatives continue to ignore the struggles of our doctors to meet the rising demand, leaving patients at risk. This needs more than the Prime Minister throwing money at it, we need to work with GPs to look at how a 70 year old system needs to change to deliver the service we need. This situation is simply not sustainable. The Liberal Democrats in government would implement a national workforce strategy to tackle the staffing crisis. We are clear that more doctors are urgently needed to guarantee a fully-staffed NHS that provides everyone with the care they need."