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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

  • Priory Country Park in Bedford
    Article: Sep 6, 2019

    Priory Country Park is once again in the TripAdvisor Hall of Fame after receiving a 'Certificate of Excellence' for five years in a row.

    TripAdvisor is an online travel site where people can review places they have visited.

    The 2019 'Certificate of Excellence' recognises that this fantastic local country park consistently receives high ratings from visitors. The Hall of Fame recognises those sites that receive these consistently high ratings for five years in a row.

  • Luciana Berger MP
    Article: Sep 5, 2019

    The Liberal Democrats are delighted to announce that Liverpool Wavertree MP Luciana Berger has joined the party.

    Luciana Berger joins the Liberal Democrats having held her seat since 2010. She is the fifth addition to the Liberal Democrat parliamentary party in the last few months.

    Speaking after joining the party, Liberal Democrat MP Luciana Berger said "This is a moment of national crisis. The Liberal Democrats are unequivocal in wanting to stop Brexit and are committed to securing Britain's future as a tolerant, open and inclusive society. I am joining Jo Swinson and the Liberal Democrats today, in the national interest, to offer a vital, positive alternative to Johnson and Corbyn and help build a future that our country deserves."

  • Luciana Berger MP
    Article: Sep 5, 2019

    The Liberal Democrats are delighted to announce that Liverpool Wavertree MP Luciana Berger has joined the party.

    Luciana Berger joins the Liberal Democrats having held her seat since 2010. She is the fifth addition to the Liberal Democrat parliamentary party in the last few months.

    Speaking after joining the party, Liberal Democrat MP Luciana Berger said "This is a moment of national crisis. The Liberal Democrats are unequivocal in wanting to stop Brexit and are committed to securing Britain's future as a tolerant, open and inclusive society. I am joining Jo Swinson and the Liberal Democrats today, in the national interest, to offer a vital, positive alternative to Johnson and Corbyn and help build a future that our country deserves."

  • Sir Vince Cable
    Article: Sep 5, 2019

    Responding to the Alzheimer's Society's open letter to the PM demanding care reform for those with dementia, Liberal Democrat Shadow Health Secretary Sir Vince Cable said "The crisis in social care is particularly devastating for people with dementia and their families. Not only are they regularly having to spend £100,000 on care costs, often that care is not enough or inappropriate for people's needs."

    Sir Vince added "It has been two and a half years since the Conservatives said they would resolve the crisis in social care provision and nearly four years since the they shelved the cross-party agreement achieved under Sir Andrew Dilnot which agreed a fairer distribution of the costs of care. Since then they have delayed and delayed, all the while families and individuals are having to spend excessive amounts on their own care. We demand better for people with dementia and their families. The Liberal Democrats have been calling for a penny in the pound on income tax to give social care the direct cash injection it needs as a first step to address the funding problems. We would also work cross-party to ensure that any measures put in place were sustainable."

  • Councillor Henry Vann with Dr Barbara Gibson MEP
    Article: Sep 4, 2019

    Last Friday Dr Barbara Gibson, one of the Liberal Democrat MEPs for the East of England, visited Bedford to meet local high-tech industry with Bedford and Kempston Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Spokesperson Henry Vann, to discuss no deal preparations, and speak with anti-Brexit campaigners.

    The visit included a trip round a high-tech employer in Bedford, as well as a meeting with Bedford Borough Council's Designated Brexit Officer (a post the Government required to be put in place a few weeks ago) for a briefing on preparations for a no deal Brexit; this included discussions on the status of EU citizens working in a range of services, particularly in social care as well as the supply of fuel, medicine and food.

  • Dr Philip Lee MP - Liberal Democrats
    Article: Sep 3, 2019

    The Liberal Democrats are delighted to announce that Bracknell MP Phillip Lee has joined the party.

    Phillip Lee, defecting from the Conservatives, joins the Liberal Democrats, having held the seat since 2010.

    He is the fourth addition to the Liberal Democrat parliamentary party in the last few months.

    Speaking after joining the party, Liberal Democrat MP Dr Phillip Lee said "Over 27 years ago I joined the Conservative & Unionist Party led by Sir John Major. Since 2010 I have had the privilege of representing the Bracknell Constituency. The Party I joined in 1992 is not the Party I am leaving today. This Conservative Government is aggressively pursuing a damaging Brexit in unprincipled ways. It is putting lives and livelihoods at risk unnecessarily and it is wantonly endangering the integrity of the United Kingdom. More widely, it is undermining our country's economy, democracy and role in the world. It is using political manipulation, bullying and lies. And it is doing these things in a deliberate and considered way. That is why today I am joining Jo Swinson and the Liberal Democrats. I believe the Liberal Democrats are best placed to build the unifying and inspiring political force needed to heal our divisions, unleash our talents, equip us to take the opportunities and overcome the challenges that we face as a society - and leave our country and our world in a better place for the next generations."

    Welcoming Dr Phillip Lee, Leader of the Liberal Democrats Jo Swinson said "I am delighted to welcome Phillip to the Liberal Democrats at this crucial time. He brings almost 10 years of Parliamentary experience and decades of professional expertise. He shares our commitment to prevent a disastrous No Deal Brexit, and to stop Brexit altogether. The Liberal Democrats are growing. Phillip follows both Chuka Umunna MP and Sarah Wollaston MP in bravely crossing the floor to join us."

    Jo added "Today, we also welcome Jane Dodds MP to Parliament, following her recent victory in Brecon and Radnorshire. And these representatives join over 30,000 new members, who have joined the Liberal Democrats since our best ever results in the European Elections in May."

  • Cllr Charles Royden
    Article: Sep 3, 2019

    Bedford Borough Council has used the summer holidays to the maximum, getting a number of road improvements projects underway and completed during this time when the roads are quieter.

    A number of highways improvements and resurfacing works were started and completed during the quieter summer holiday period. These include the resurfacing of Grange Lane in Bromham, and Oldfield Road and Chester Road in Bedford.

  • Cllr Charles Royden
    Article: Sep 2, 2019

    Starting on Tuesday 3rd September, Bedford Borough Council is installing two mini-roundabouts on Goldington Road.

    One will be at the junction with Goldington Green and the other at the junction with Barkers Lane. These are well-known difficult junctions on this busy road into and out of the town centre. The new mini roundabouts will replace the existing T-junctions and make it easier for traffic to keep moving.