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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

  • Oasis Swimming Pool in Bedford
    Article: Jul 14, 2019

    Bedford Borough Council is asking residents to get in touch to let them know what you think about the Council's leisure facilities, run by Fusion Lifestyle.

    Just over five years ago, Bedford Borough Council engaged Fusion Lifestyle to run its leisure centres. This saw Fusion Lifestyle take over management of the six local leisure facilities; Bedford International Athletic Stadium, the Bunyan Centre, Mowsbury Golf and Squash Complex, Robinson Pool, Kempston Pool and Oasis Pool, and two outdoor activity centres at Kempston and Blue Peris in Snowdonia.

  • Mayor Dave Hodgson outside Bedford Central Library
    Article: Jul 13, 2019

    Bedford Borough Libraries are calling for children to sign up to read library books this summer as part of Space Chase Summer Reading Challenge 2019.

    The 2019 Summer Reading Challenge invites children to borrow and read library books over the summer as part of this year's theme, Space Chase, inspired by the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing.

  • Honey bee
    Article: Jul 12, 2019

    Bees' Needs Week is a week long campaign from 8-14 July to help raise awareness of bees and other pollinators.

    Bees and other pollinators are vital to growing lots of our favourite foods and for plants to flourish in our fields and gardens. Bees' Needs Week is a great opportunity for you to find out more about how important pollinators are and how you can support them.

  • Dave Hodgson with river behind
    Article: Jul 11, 2019

    In his July column for the Bedford Borough Bulletin and Kempston Calling, Mayor Dave Hodgson has written about the disruption caused by Network Rail's closure of Bromham Road Bridge. He notes how it's even harder to stomach because of the downgraded rail service Bedford is set to have following the Government's decision to remove it from the intercity rail network.

  • Hilde Hendrickx
    Article: Jul 10, 2019

    Responding to this year's Chief Inspector of Prisons' annual report, Bedford Borough Liberal Democrat Crime and Police Spokesperson Councillor Hilde Hendrickx said "This report is utterly damning of the Conservatives' neglect of our prisons. With prisons so badly overcrowded and in such an appalling state, prisoners are not being properly rehabilitated. That means more reoffending and more people becoming victims of crime.

    Hilde added "Too many people are in prison who shouldn't be there. We know that short prison sentences don't work, especially for women. The Liberal Democrats demand better. The Government must end overcrowding in prisons by making greater use of alternatives such as community sentences, women's centres and restorative justice. Our goal must be to transform prisons into places of rehabilitation and recovery, with properly-funded education, training and treatment for prisoners to build a life free from crime."

  • Bedford Libraries July 2019
    Article: Jul 9, 2019

    Bedford Borough Libraries are calling for children to sign up to read library books this summer as part of Space Chase Summer Reading Challenge 2019.

    The 2019 Summer Reading Challenge asks children to borrow and read library books over the summer as part of this year's theme, Space Chase, inspired by the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing.

  • Article: Jul 8, 2019

    This is a strange way to start off this blog post, but please bear with me. In April 2016 I got my first telescope. I didn't spend a great deal, and it took me awhile to learn how to focus it, but eventually one night I caught Jupiter, its red spot and the bright twinkles of the four Galilean moons. It was at that moment I started to believe in Allah again. At around the same time I properly and very bluntly came out to my father - the end of a rather long journey in me accepting that I was a gay woman. Soon after, I popped down to the LGBT inclusive Christian church at the bottom of my road, in a bid to be able to reconcile faith in god with my sexuality. It was welcoming, but it did not feel like my spiritual home.

  • Mayor Dave Hodgson by the River in Bedford
    Article: Jul 7, 2019

    Free bandstand concerts are coming back to Mill Meadows on the Embankment this summer.

    This 2019 concert series at the Victorian Bandstand is being kindly sponsored by The Longholme, who will be providing seasonal catering and refreshments at each event.

    Commenting, Mayor Dave Hodgson said "These bandstand concerts are sure to create a wonderful atmosphere down at Bedford's beautiful Embankment. Our thanks go to this year's sponsors, The Longholme, and to all the bands playing at this summer series. Come along, bring the family, and enjoy these fantastic free concerts."