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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

  • Councillor Dean Crofts
    Article: May 4, 2022

    Mayor Dave Hodgson has announced that Councillor Dean Crofts will join his Executive and fill the position of Adult Services Portfolio Holder following Councillor Wendy Rider's decision to step down.

    Councillor Crofts has been one of the councillors for Kingsbrook since 2019. Since being elected, he has sat on Housing Committee and has been the Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Health. Councillor Crofts has had many successes, including working with Councillor Rider on the ground-breaking changes to the Adult Social Care Charging Policy and improving the Borough's mental health service provision and accessibility.

  • Cllr Wendy Rider
    Article: May 3, 2022

    Brickhill Liberal Democrat Councillor Wendy Rider has taken the decision to stand down from her role as the Portfolio Holder for Adult Services. Councillor Rider will be put forward for the position of Deputy Speaker at the Council's Annual General Meeting.

    Councillor Rider has been Portfolio Holder for Adult Services on Mayor Dave Hodgson's Executive since 2019. Since then, Councillor Rider has had many successes in her role, including overseeing the COVID-19 pandemic, revolutionary changes to the Adult Social Care Charging Policy and managing a quality service despite huge pressures and government cuts.

  • Mayor Dave at The Pheasant - April 2022
    Article: May 1, 2022

    Earlier this week Mayor Dave Hodgson visited The Pheasant along with Brickhill Liberal Democrat Councillors Wendy Rider and Charles Royden and met Karen and the team.

    We wish them every success when they reopen this weekend.

  • The Queens Award for Voluntary Service
    Article: Apr 30, 2022

    Nominations are now open for the Queen's Award for Voluntary Services 2023.

    The Queen's Award for Voluntary Services is equivalent to an MBE, and are the highest awards given to local voluntary groups in the UK.

    You can find out more, including how to nominate at https://qavs.dcms.gov.uk.

  • Mayor Dave Hodgson, Sir Ed Davey MP and Joanna outside Great Denham GP
    Article: Apr 29, 2022
    • Latest national figures show 6.2 million people, or one in four, waited over eight days to get a GP appointment in February

    • Residents in Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes waited over eight days to get a GP appointment 29% of the time.

    • The Village Medical Centre in Great Denham has also recently been rated as "Requires Improvement" by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

    • Bedford Borough Liberal Democrats have slammed the broken Conservative promise to hire more GPs and demanded an urgent recruitment and service plan to improve accessibility in the area.

  • Mayor Dave Hodgson and Cllr Jon Abbott at Oakley Pre-School - Rural Grants
    Article: Apr 29, 2022

    The last few years have seen hundreds of thousands of pounds invested in rural communities across Bedford Borough through Mayor Dave Hodgson's Rural Grants Scheme. This funding has been provided to improve community buildings and facilities in rural villages.

    Mayor Dave said "One of the best things about Bedford Borough is the number and variety of different communities in villages across our area. It is vital that as well as investing in our town centres, roads and green spaces, we also provide funding for our rural communities and I am committed to doing so. The Rural Grants Scheme ensures that the needs of residents are met and that each village's traditions and heritage are retained."

  • Mayor Dave Hodgson visits King's House - April 2022
    Article: Apr 28, 2022

    Mayor Dave Hodgson visited Kings House yesterday to discuss their carbon reduction plans following the installation of solar panels part funded by the Mayor's Climate Change Fund.

    Mayor Dave said "I am delighted that we were able to help support the installation of solar panels on Kings House by providing £10,000 towards the costs. It is estimated this will save 25,000kWh annually. I was pleased to hear this is not the end of the journey and they are looking at different ways to reduce their carbon emissions going forward."

  • Bedford Railway Station Sign
    Article: Apr 27, 2022

    A full timetable to return to the Marston Vale Bedford-Bletchley Line from Monday16th May.

    You can view the timetable at https://www.londonnorthwesternrailway.co.uk/sites/default/files/lnr_f_web_may_2022_v3.pdf.

    A new Thameslink timetable will also come into operation from Sunday 15th May. You can see the Thameslink timetable at https://www.thameslinkrailway.com/.