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Welcome to the website for Bedford Borough Liberal Democrats, where you can find 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, Liberal Democrat Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson - please click here.

Recent News

  • Blue Bear Systems logo
    Article: Jul 30, 2021

    Mayor Dave Hodgson recently joined Oakley based business Blue Bear Systems for a flight demonstration of its Air Druids medical delivery programme.

    The Airdruids programme demonstrated the seamless integration of the medical payload into Blue Bears existing modular open architecture. This provided the ability to have a real time, fully monitored, temperature-controlled payload tightly coupled to the broader command and control system. The payload is monitored for vibration, temperature, and anti tamper/exposure to light.

  • Climate Chane
    Article: Jul 29, 2021

    The Met Office has today, issued a Report showing that the UK's climate has continued to warm, with 2020 the first year to have temperature, rain and sunshine rankings all in the top 10.

    The latest analysis of the UK climate, State of the UK Climate 2020 published in The Royal Meteorological Society's 'International Journal of Climatology', has shown that climate change is already being felt across the UK. All of the top-ten warmest years for the UK in records back to 1884 have occurred since 2002, and, for central England, the 21st century so far has been warmer than the previous three centuries.

    The last 30-year period (1991-2020) has been 0.9°C warmer than the preceding 30 years (1961-1990). The warming trend is evident across all months and all countries in the UK.

    The greatest warming compared to 1961-1990 has been across the east Midlands and East Anglia where average annual temperatures have increased by more than 1°C, with the least warming around western coastal fringes and parts of Northern Ireland and Scotland.

    As well as increased temperatures, the UK has been on average 6% wetter over the last 30 years (1991-2020) than the preceding 30 years (1961-1990). Six of the ten wettest years for the UK in a series from 1862 have occurred since 1998.

    2020 was the first year that the annual values for rainfall, temperature and sunshine were all in the top ten in the same year. 2020 was third warmest, fifth wettest and eighth sunniest on record for the UK.

    Lead author and Senior Climate Scientist at the Met Office, Mike Kendon, said: "2020 was another notable year for the UK climate, with records broken for daily rainfall and monthly sunshine hours. Average temperatures for the UK continue to climb, with nearly a degree of warming when comparing the most recent 30 years with the preceding 30-year period. Last year saw some significant weather extremes including severe flooding from heavy rainfall in February and a major heatwave in early August."

    Storms Ciara and Dennis, hitting the UK only one week apart, were part of the UK's wettest February on record, and brought devastating flooding affecting many homes and businesses. Most of the UK received more than twice the February long-term average rainfall, with 300% quite widely in the north and west, and over 400% in parts of the Pennines.

    The UK has had its wettest February in 2020, December in 2015, April and June in 2012 and November in 2009 - five out of 12 months - in little over a decade.

    It was a dry and exceptionally sunny spring in 2020, especially across the southern half of the UK with over 150% of normal sunshine across England and Wales. The UK recorded 626 hours, 144% of the 1981-2010 long-term average. This was the UK's sunniest spring on record by a very wide margin, and remarkably also sunnier than all but three summers in UK sunshine series from 1919. May 2020 was England's driest calendar month since August 1995, with the dry weather making conditions difficult for farmers and growers.

    Other notable weather extremes from 2020 include 8 further named storms (in addition to Ciara and Dennis), the UK's third warmest day on record with 37.8°C recorded at Heathrow on 31 July, the southern England heatwave in August, extreme rain fall in Norfolk on 16th August and exceptionally heavy widespread rainfall on 3 October making this the UK's wettest day on record.

    You can read more at https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/about-us/press-office/news/weather-and-climate/2021/climate-change-continues-to-be-evident-across-uk.

  • 2019 Election Count
    Article: Jul 28, 2021
    There are currently two opportunities to work with Bedford Borough Liberal Democrats.
    Firstly, Bedford Borough Council are recruiting for a new Political Research Assistant (Liberal Democrat).
    The prupose of the role is to provide information, research and analysis, communications and administrative support services to the Liberal Democrat Council Group and to work creatively in researching and supporting Group policy and initiatives.
    The closing date for this position is 6th August and you can find out more here.
    Secondly, Bedford Borough Liberal Democrats are recruting for a Campaigns Organiser.
    This is an exciting opportunity that is ideal for an energetic, well-organised individual with good computer and social media skills and good with people.
    The closing date for this position is 31st August and you can find out more here.
  • Countdown to COP26
    Article: Jul 27, 2021

    There are now less than 100 days until COP26.

    That's a huge climate summit attended by leaders from across the globe, hosted right here in the UK. It's a chance for the UK to show real leadership in tackling the climate crisis - but Boris Johnson won't take it seriously.

    The Liberal Democrats have launched a Green Recovery Plan.

  • Sunflower Lanyard
    Article: Jul 26, 2021

    Last year, in 2020, Bedford Borough Council, Cambridgeshire Community Health Services NHS Trust, The Harpur Centre, Love Bedford (Bedford BID), Bedford Borough Parent Carer Forum and Access Bedford announced their support for hidden disability sunflower lanyards in the borough.

    Sunflower lanyards are free and can help people who have disabilities that are not immediately obvious to others. This could include people with learning difficulties, those living with dementia or poor mental health, as well as mobility, speech, visual or hearing impairments.

  • Coronavirus Snapshot week ending 18 July 2021
    Article: Jul 25, 2021

    The latest weekly coronavirus snapshot for Bedford Borough has been published.

    The figures show that in the seven days up to July 18th:

    • 8,467 PCR tests were taken
    • There were 765 Coronavirus cases (312 more than the previous week)
    • The weekly positive cases per 100,000 population was 441.5 (up from 261.4 in the previous week)
  • Love Parks Week
    Article: Jul 25, 2021

    From 23 July to 1 August, it's the Keep Britain Tidy Love Parks Week 2021, and the Council is celebrating all things parks!

    Beautiful wildflower meadows that were planted across Bedford as part of the 'Bugs and Bees' project are an explosion of colour at the moment, helping to celebrate Love Parks Week.

  • Children drawing
    Article: Jul 24, 2021

    Bedford Borough Council has pulled together a wide-ranging holiday club programme during the summer holidays for eligible children who receive income-related free school meals.

    Clubs and providers throughout the Borough will be providing a mix of activities, suitable for children aged from 5 to 16, which help children stay healthy, active, socially connected, develop new skills and try new experiences, with each child taking part receiving a healthy lunch as part of the session. 14 providers will be running sessions across 23 locations in Bedford Borough and will include arts and crafts, multi sports and swimming as well as some special bespoke activities like canoeing, kayaking and music activities.