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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

  • Tim Farron
    Article: Sep 21, 2019

    The Liberal Democrats have backed proposals to demand better for the over four million people who are trapped in deep poverty in the UK.

    The proposals, passed at Liberal Democrat Autumn Conference in Bournemouth, includes calls to invest £5 billion per year to make the benefits system work for people and a £50 billion capital Rebalancing Fund to address the historic investment disparities between our nations and regions.

    Speaking after the debate, Liberal Democrat MP and Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Tim Farron said "Nothing robs you of your freedom more than poverty. Poverty is a despicable stain on any society, whatever the country. In the UK the situation is so bad that the UN felt the need to send its Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty to the UK - and his report was damning. A fifth of the country live in poverty, one and half million people are destitute and can't afford the most basic essentials, and child poverty is rising and threatens to reach record highs. With the Tories bungled roll-out of Universal Credit, their brutal 2015 cuts to benefits, and their senseless two-child limit and scandalous rape clause, millions of people's lives have worsened under this Conservative government. The Liberal Democrats demand better for those struggling in our society, we demand real freedom, not theoretical freedom. With the bold policies we passed today, we will create a stronger benefits system. Liberal Democrats will tackle poverty and ensure everyone can access the services they need and have the same opportunities regardless of where they come from with £5 billion per year investment to make the system work and a £50 billion capital Rebalancing Fund to address the historic investment disparities between our nations and regions."

  • Ed Davey
    Article: Sep 20, 2019

    The Liberal Democrats have passed a motion which ends illegitimate corporate profit-shifting and calls for more investment in British business.

    The motion calls for action to ensure that international businesses operating in the UK pay their fair share of tax. The motion also reaffirms the Liberal Democrats' commitment to reversing the Conservatives' unfair and unnecessary cut of corporation tax to 17%.

    Speaking after the debate, Liberal Democrat Shadow Chancellor, Ed Davey said "Britain has some great businesses, that deserve extra support for their crucial investment decisions. With just the threat of Brexit already causing a collapse in investment, Liberal Democrats want to help companies across our economy with our business tax plans. To afford backing responsible firms, it's also right that we ensure multinationals dodging their fair share of tax no longer get away with it. Currently, large multinationals too often artificially shift profits overseas to play the tax system, whilst avoiding any penalties.

    Ed added "Instead of tackling this abuse head on, the Conservatives have lowered corporation tax way below what's needed for competitiveness, whilst failing to tackle Britain's most unfair business tax, business rates. Liberal Democrats demand better for business. Britain's responsible businesses are looking for a party that champions markets, free trade and competition, and understands the real problems with business taxes. Liberal Democrats do - and that's why we are the natural party for business."

  • Christine Jardine
    Article: Sep 19, 2019

    Liberal Democrats have committed to turning the lives of offenders around with a series of rehabilitory measures to overhaul our criminal justice system.

    A motion passed at the Conference in Brighton would improve access to secure housing, stable employment and protective measures specifically designed to support women.

    The party's Shadow Justice Secretary Christine Jardine said "Our criminal justice system is in crisis. Prisons are overcrowded and understaffed. Riots, drug use, suicide and extreme violence have all become far too common. Too many prisoners go on to reoffend, which means more people becoming victims of crime. For decades, Labour and Conservative governments have sent far too many people to prison who shouldn't be there. At the same time, they have failed to properly provide the services that help people build lives free from crime. Liberal Democrats demand better. Instead of wasting money locking people up on short sentences that don't work, we will spend it on the things that actually prevent crime. We will ensure prisoners do work, education and training while they are in prison and find suitable housing and stable employment when they leave. The Liberal Democrats have set out a new, holistic approach to rehabilitation that will help people turn their lives around and make our communities safer."

  • Jo Swinson
    Article: Sep 18, 2019

    21 years on from my first Liberal Democrat conference, I am thrilled to stand before you today as your leader.

    I'm delighted to see so many old friends who have kept the torch of liberalism burning bright through troubled times.

    And I'm excited to welcome thousands of new members to our cause,

    Flocking to the Liberal Democrats as the clear rallying point for a movement to create an open, fair, inclusive society.

  • Ed Davey
    Article: Sep 17, 2019

    The Liberal Democrats have passed new plans to address the pressure faced by young carers, including giving young carers a free bus pass.

    The party's new Shadow Chancellor, Ed Davey, was himself a young carer for his mother before she passed away when he was 15. Reflecting, he said: "You have to grow up early as a young carer. As we saw today, without adequate support, being a young carer can hurt your life chances. We must demand better."

    The raft of new policies include reforming the Carers Allowance so young people who undertake more than 21 hours a week of education can qualify for the allowance, and treating being a carer by learning institutes and employers as a diversity issue.

    Liberal Democrat MP Ed Davey said "Carers devote much of their time and energy to selflessly looking after others. The additional burden on young carers of being in school without adequate support takes a toll on health and ambitions, so it is time to right the wrongs. The reality is that this Conservative Government simply hasn't done enough. However, Liberal Democrats are committed to providing the support needed so young carers have the resources and confidence to thrive."

  • Mayor Dave Hodgson on the Bank Site in Bedford town centre, opposite St Paul's Square
    Article: Sep 16, 2019

    Bedford has been successful in their bid for Heritage High Street Fund money.

    Increasing competition from online outlets is putting high streets across the country under growing pressure. As part of the Government's drive to help high streets adapt to changing consumer habits, the £95 million funding will provide a welcome boost that will breathe new life into historic buildings and areas in our towns and cities.

  • Sam Gyimah and Jo Swinson
    Article: Sep 15, 2019

    The Liberal Democrats are delighted to announce that Sam Gyimah MP has joined the party.

    Speaking after his reveal at the Party Conference in Bournemouth, Sam Gyimah said "I'm delighted to be joining the Liberal Democrats at this pivotal time in our country's politics. The two old parties have moved to the edges of the political spectrum - each with their own brand of intolerance and division - leaving millions politically homeless. It doesn't have to be like this. Jo is leading a real movement to unite the centre, bringing together liberal-minded people to offer a real alternative."

  • Empty Home
    Article: Sep 14, 2019

    Bedford Borough Council works all year round to bring long-term empty homes back into use and, in advance of National Empty Homes Week, celebrates some notable successes from the last year.

    Long-term empty homes can become derelict, unloved and a blight on local communities. They are also a waste of a much-needed home.