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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, Lib Dem Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson - please click here.

Recent News

  • Cllrs Tim Caswell, Christine McHugh, Michael Headley and Henry Vann with the Rainbow Flag
    Article: Feb 3, 2020

    February is LGBT+ History Month, and the Rainbow Flag was flying proudly at Borough Hall on Saturday to mark the occasion.

    Pictured here with the Rainbow Flag to celebrate LGBT+ History Month are Cllrs Caswell, McHugh, Headley and Vann.

    The Higgins Bedford will be marking this year's LGBT+ History Month on Saturday 15th February with a number of talks including Viv Woodcock-Downey on the Federation of Gay Games, Rose Collis on Fourth Years Out, Stuart Feather of Gay Liberation: 50 years of history in the making, Sacha Coward on queer themes in videogames and Carl Austin-Behan on being gay in the RAF. More details of the talks can be found here.

  • Henry Vann
    Article: Feb 2, 2020

    Bedford Visitor Information Centre (VIC) will be moving to a new home in Bedford Central Library from March this year.

    The VIC is a volunteer-run organisation working to promote Bedford to both visitors and residents, providing accurate, up to date and relevant information about visitor attractions, events and the local area. Since its launch in St Paul's Church in October 2018, the VIC has welcomed nearly 2,000 people to the VIC.

  • Cllr Tim Caswell
    Article: Jan 31, 2020

    Liberal Democrat Cllr Tim Caswell has thanked the Council and all partner agencies for their work in contributing to a 41% reduction in the number of rough sleepers in Bedford Borough.

    Cllr Caswell made the comments at this week's Housing Committee meeting where a report confirmed that there were 30 individuals sleeping rough in Bedford Borough in 2019, down from 76 in 2017 and 51 in 2018.

  • Cllr Christine McHugh
    Article: Jan 30, 2020

    Today is Young Carers Awareness Day, and Bedford Borough Liberal Democrats are joining the call for increased awareness of the challenges young carers face as an important part of ensuring they receive the support they need.

    Commenting, Bedford Borough Liberal Democrat Group Leader Cllr Christine McHugh said: "Young carers face a wide range of challenges in their home and school life that are often not obvious to others. Caring for someone can be very isolating, worrying and stressful, especially for young people, and it can affect their own wellbeing, educational outcomes and longer-term life chances.'

  • Councillor Michael Headley has led on East West Rail
    Article: Jan 30, 2020

    It has been announced that East West Rail will be stopping at Bedford Midland station, connecting the town directly to Cambridge and Oxford.

    This 'Central Section' builds on the 'Western Section', connecting Oxford and Bicester with services through to Bedford.

    This confirmation is excellent news for Bedford residents. Increased connectivity for our town will bring more opportunities to travel for work and leisure, as well as supporting our economic growth and prosperity, attracting businesses and jobs.

  • Cllr Christine McHugh on BBC TV
    Article: Jan 29, 2020

    Earlier this week Mayor Dave Hodgson and Bedford Borough Liberal Democrat Group Leader Cllr Christine McHugh were on hand for the opening of Bedford Borough Council's exciting new Bedford i-Worx facility.

    The i-Worx features twelve bespoke technology and engineering workshop units, one of which will be a dedicated education and training facility for new generations of engineers.

  • Sir Ed Davey MP
    Article: Jan 28, 2020

    Acting Leader of the Liberal Democrats Ed Davey has today called for a new governmental department to get the UK to Net Zero as soon as possible.

    In comments today at the Institute for Government, Ed Davey said the new department would take on all the powers of the previous Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) but would have "much more teeth and responsibility", with influence over transport, housing and finance.

    Speaking at the Institute for Government today, Ed Davey, Acting Leader of Liberal Democrats said:

    "When Liberal Democrats ran the Department for Energy and Climate Change we managed to more than treble Britain's renewable power and led Europe to adopt tougher climate change targets. As the world is waking up to the threat of the climate emergency, DECC is needed more than ever.

    "But rather than building on the work we did, the Conservatives abolished the Department. And alongside it they halted progress in its tracks, banning onshore wind, abolishing zero carbon homes and privatising the Green Investment Bank.

    "If Britain is to regain a leading role ahead of hosting this year's UN conference on climate change, we must make action on climate change a much higher priority. Liberal Democrats are calling for a new government Department - a Department for Net Zero. It would have the power and responsibility to transform our country and to take tough but necessary decisions on transport, housing and finance.

    "If the Tories fail to do that, they are simply not serious about tackling the climate emergency."

  • Henry Vann
    Article: Jan 27, 2020

    Bedford Borough Council Executive Member for Town Centres Cllr Henry Vann has reiterated the Council's commitment to backing Bedford town centre in the face of the wider crisis for the UK's high streets.

    Appearing before the Council's Budget and Corporate Overview and Scrutiny Committee, Cllr Vann identified the town's much-loved independent traders as a key strength. With two in every three shops being independents, Bedford has a much higher proportion of independent traders than other towns.

    Cllr Vann also noted that Mayor Dave Hodgson's creation of the new town centres portfolio is a sign of the Council's resolve to support shoppers and traders.

    Cllr Vann said: "With our new Town Deal Board meeting for the first time this week and exciting plans for new events and more regeneration of the High Street - including a successful bid for a 'High Street Heritage Action Zone' - we're working to help Bedford town centre face the major challenges of today and the years to come.'

    "It was good to be able to address questions from Councillors across all parties. Despite difficult national trends, by working together with businesses and residents, we can help Bedford town centre to continue to thrive. Bedford has a unique offer of heritage, retail and culture and we want to make our town a destination accessible for everyone."

    Liberal Democrat Budget & Corporate Committee Spokesperson Cllr Jake Sampson added: "It was good to hear from both Cllr Vann and from Bedford BID about the work being done to support our town centre. All town centres face major challenges in the face of trends towards out-of-town and online shopping, so we were pleased to hear more about how committed the Council is to working with partners to keep Bedford thriving."

    Despite national challenges affecting stores in recent months, Bedford maintains a lower empty shop rate than nearby towns including Milton Keynes and Northampton. Meanwhile Cllr Vann thanked the 2000+ people who responded to the town centre consultation and laid out some of the measures which will help to ensure the town continues to be an enjoyable place to visit and to spend time and money in.