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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

  • Cllr Charles Royden
    Article: Sep 29, 2021

    Works began on Ampthill Road in May 2021, to deliver major improvement works.

    These include widening the road, creating a second northbound lane between Elstow Road and Britannia Road for buses and Ultra Low Emission Vehicles, and improving provision for vehicles turning right into side roads off Ampthill Road - helping traffic flow better and easing congestion.

  • Still from a video featuring speech and BSL, with Cllr Jake Sampson and Suzie Sampson
    Article: Sep 28, 2021

    Liberal Democrat Councillor Jake Sampson spoke to Bedford Radio about his experiences with his mother who is deaf. Jake said that through his mother he sees the world with a different lens, "The world that I see as an individual with no disability, is very different to my mother. Not many people understand disability generally".

  • Coronavirus Snapshot 20210923
    Article: Sep 26, 2021

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

    The figures show that in the seven days up to September 19th:

    • 8,196 PCR tests were taken
    • There were 448 Coronavirus cases (7 fewer than the previous week)
    • The weekly positive cases per 100,000 population was 256.5 (down from 260.5 in the previous week)
  • Mayor Dave visits Sensory Cuts
    Article: Sep 25, 2021

    On Monday (20th September) Mayor Dave Hodgson visited Sensory Cuts, a subsidiary of Gents & Juniors, who offer haircuts for children and adults with Autism and sensory processing difficulties, as well as children with hair cut anxiety.

    The haircuts take place in a dedicated sensory room which is equipped with sensory toys, a TV and a games console, this helps put both children and adults with Autism and or anxiety at ease whilst having their hair cut.

  • Great Big Green Week 2021
    Article: Sep 24, 2021

    Great Big Green Week is joining the Green Earth Vegan Fair taking place tomorrow, Saturday 25 September, from 10am to 4pm in Harpur Square.

    The Fair will offer delicious food and drink such as cookies, pizzas, burgers, samosas and smoothies, just to name a few. Enjoy some pampering activities, including eco glitter face paints and nail paint, and even T shirt prints! There will also be bags, clothing, candles and cosmetics for sale and some live entertainment to bring it all together!

  • Cllr Charles Royden
    Article: Sep 23, 2021

    With Phase 2 of the Bedford High Street improvement works on track to finish ahead of schedule, the next stage of works on the east of St Paul's Square begins.

    In consultation with businesses and restaurants in the area, the decision has been made to carry out this stage of works overnight only from 8pm to 5am. This started at 8pm on Sunday 19 September. It is expected that night works will be complete by the end of October.

  • Coronavirus graphic
    Article: Sep 22, 2021

    Commenting on the Government's COVID winter plan Liberal Democrat Group Leader Councillor Christine McHugh reminded last week's Local Outbreak Engagement Board that "The national Government's response has been behind the curve throughout the pandemic, reacting too late to trends that were in fact obvious. Despite the success of the vaccines and vaccine rollout, the latest figures show there are over 10 times the number of cases, 16 times the number of hospitalisations and 3 times as many deaths now compared with the same time last year. In addition, national commentators are saying hospitals are currently operating close to winter-level pressures before winter has even begun."

  • Cllr Michael Headley
    Article: Sep 21, 2021

    Liberal Democrat Portfolio Holder for Finance Councillor Michael Headley revealed the lack of support for council funded social care from the Government's proposed 1.25% increase in National Insurance contributions at last week's Budget & Corporate Overview & Scrutiny Committee.

    Commenting after the meeting, Councillor Michael Headley said "I think local residents are going to be very surprised that the increased National Insurance they are going to be asked to pay by the government isn't intended to cover the costs of increased care needed for an ageing population - with more local people needing care and many with more complex needs. The government have made a clear statement that they expect these costs to come from increased council tax or unspecified efficiencies. The extra National Insurance will support the NHS and changing what people have to pay towards their own care."