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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

  • Councillor Sarah Gallagher in Shortstown
    Article: Feb 8, 2019

    Responding to the National Crime Agency's report on the spread of 'county lines' drug traffickers, Bedford Boroughh Liberal Democrat police and crime spokesperson Councillor Sarah Gallagher said "When children as young as 12 are being exploited by drug gangs, the Conservative Government's approach clearly needs to change. We need to stop both the supply and demand of illegal hard drugs."

    Sarah added "Unnecessary Tory cuts to the police have made it easier for organised criminal networks to spread; cuts to the Border Force have made it easier for them to traffic illegal drugs and weapons into the UK; and cuts to youth services have made it easier for them to prey on young people. That's why the Liberal Democrats demand more community police officers to prevent gangs from operating, more Border Force officers to stop drugs and weapons entering the country, and more youth services to keep children out of the grip of criminal gangs. But we must also treat the addiction that fuels demand for these drugs. Rather than simply being locked up, drug users should be diverted into evidence-based treatment programmes and given the support they need to get off drugs."

  • Guildhall Northampton
    Article: Feb 7, 2019

    Conservative-run Northamptonshire County Council has been given special permission to increase their Council Tax by an additional 2% more than any other Council after their near financial ruin.

    In the final local government finance settlement, the Conservative Minister James Brokenshire said the troubled county would be given the extra council tax flexibility to help improve its governance and services.

  • Police Funding graphic
    Article: Feb 6, 2019

    Last night, at the Police and Crime Panel, Bedford Borough Liberal Democrat Police spokesperson Councillor Sarah Gallagher repeated her calls that the Government should be properly funding our local police.

    Bedfordshire Police are woefully underfunded compared to other forces and the Police Crime Commissioners answer is to increase the Council Tax precept by a whopping 13.5%.

  • SH Library Services
    Article: Feb 5, 2019

    There is plenty happening at The Higgins and Bedford's libraries this half-term with workshops, portrait collage making, creating abstract art, and pop-art printing.

    On Tuesday 12th, Wednesday 13th and Friday 15th February, at the Higgins there will be creative art and science workshops inspired by the current 'We Are Five' exhibition.

  • Mayor Dave Hodgson by the River in Bedford
    Article: Feb 4, 2019

    This week the Liberal Democrat draft budget goes to a meeting of the Full Council, and a number of recent news stories from elsewhere have emphasised the importance of our fight to save services and protect the vulnerable in the face of huge government cuts.

    • Conservative Essex County Council is proposing to close 25 libraries. This follows on from Tory Northamptonshire's sweeping library closure programme and wider emergency service cuts, and the further 127 branches that were closed across the country last year.
    • Peterborough City Council is proposing to reduce support for those on low incomes under the scheme which has replaced council tax benefit. Meanwhile, research by the respected Institute of Fiscal Studies (IFS) this week showed that most councils now refuse to give full council tax relief to the very poorest, effectively raising their council tax bills on average by hundreds of pounds
  • Mayor Dave Hodgson with Bedford Borough Map
    Article: Feb 3, 2019

    Latest figures have shown that there are a third fewer people sleeping rough in Bedford Borough than there were one year ago, with work continuing to support rough sleepers and reduce the figure further.

    Increasing levels of rough sleeping have been a national concern, with figures showing that the number of people rough sleeping has more than doubled in recent years. The latest figures have shown a national decrease of 2% in the number of people rough sleeping compared to the year before. Bedford Borough has seen 33% decrease in the number of people sleeping rough.

  • Mayor Dave Hodgson Being Interviewed on BBC TV
    Article: Feb 2, 2019

    Mayor Dave Hodgson made Bedford Borough the first place in the country to install average speed cameras on local roads back in 2012, after gathering views from residents across the borough about the need for effective action on speeding. This week BBC Look East reported on the latest news from Mayor Dave's average speed camera programme, after he announced funding for a further five sets of cameras in the proposed 2019/20 council budget.

  • M&S in Bedford Town Centre
    Article: Feb 1, 2019

    Mayor Dave Hodgson has again made the case for the retention of the Bedford town centre M&S store, this time in a phone call with a senior manager at M&S headquarters this week.

    Commenting on his Facebook page after the discussion, Mayor Dave wrote:

    "I made the case once again for the retention of the Bedford town centre M&S store yesterday, this time in a phone call with a senior manager at M&S HQ.