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  • Dave Hodgson with Town Bridge behind
    Article: Jul 3, 2015

    In a statement published today, Mayor Dave Hodgson has announced Bedford Borough Council's commitment to supporting schools to change to a two tier system of primary and secondary schools.

    The statement follows meetings held today at Borough Hall between the Council and School Leaders. All Head Teachers and Chairs of Governors were invited by Mayor Dave and Cabint Member for Education Clr Henry Vann to come and discuss directly the Council's plan to provide strategic leadership to ensure that the move to a two-tier system, which is already being pursued by a number of schools across the Borough, is coherent, coordinated and serves the interests of all local children.

  • Richmond BE (Britain Elects)
    Article: Jul 3, 2015

    East of England Liberal Democrats were cheered this morning by news of their colleague's stunning by election victory in Richmond-on-Thames on Thursday 2nd July 2013.

    The council by election had been caused by the resignation of the Tory, Tania Matthias, who had been elected MP in place of Vince Cable. Geraldine Locke, who only joined the party since the General Election, achieved a dramatic result with a 25% increase in the Liberal Democrat share of the vote.

  • Article: Jul 2, 2015

    Liberalism is in my bones. Mum and Dad were Liberals and, as a teenager, I set up a Young Liberal Branch in our local town in Norfolk. It took me three attempts to enter Parliament. We started 15,500 votes behind the Conservatives.

    I had been an employment lawyer, but also got elected to Norwich City Council and led the Lib Dem opposition. When I finally got to Westminster I wanted to do as much as I could to pursue my Liberal values. There is only any point in this job if you aim to make a difference to people's lives. Having the chance to do that as a Minister was an opportunity that I had to grasp.

  • Article: Jul 2, 2015

    I love this party because in my heart and in my soul I am a liberal.

    I believe in a society in which we are all free to make our own choices and live the lives we want. But freedom means very little when the only choices we have to make are whether to feed our children or heat our homes.

    I am therefore proud - really proud - of our work in government defending people from having to make such impossible choices: the pupil premium giving every child a decent start in life; lifting millions out of tax- that is a record of real achievement.

  • 1-4 St Paul's Square, Bedford, following refurbishment
    Article: Jul 1, 2015

    Following a stunning refurbishment programme, medieval properties in one of Bedford's most prominent town centre locations which have stood derelict for nearly fifty years are coming back into use this week, as affordable homes. 1-4 St Paul's Square buildings have been transformed into ten good quality afforable homes for rent, to be managed by Aldwyck Housing Association, after the heritage regeneration 'THI' project led by Mayor Dave Hodgson kick-started a partnership project which is breathing new life into buildings last used back in 1969.

  • homestart
    Article: Jun 30, 2015
    Liberal Democrats both at Hertfordshire County Council and elsewhere are horrified at massive cuts aimed at struggling families and children from deprived backgrounds.
    They clearly see this as an abandonment of the science and philosophy which underpins Early Years Development and the principles of Early Intervention. The objectives are not only to improve the lives and well-being of children and to help families in difficulties to overcome their problems has been forgotten. They also include the reduction in future social problems by helping children from troubled background enter adulthood with less damage and fewer social, behavioural and cognitive disabilities.
  • ALDE roaming
    Article: Jun 30, 2015

    A political deal was reached in Brussels on Monday to scrap mobile roaming fees in the EU by 2017, following almost two years of negotiations.

    All roaming surcharges for travellers in the EU, whether for calls, texts or data, will be completely abolished as of 15 June 2017.

    In an interim phase, fees will be capped in April next year at €0.05 per minute for calls, €0.02 for text messages and €0.05 per MB of data.

  • 1-4 St Paul's Square, Bedford, following refurbishment
    Article: Jun 30, 2015

    Following a stunning refurbishment programme, medieval properties in one of Bedford's most prominent town centre locations which have stood derelict for nearly fifty years are coming back into use this week, as affordable homes. 1-4 St Paul's Square buildings have been transformed into ten good quality afforable homes for rent, to be managed by Aldwyck Housing Association, after the heritage regeneration 'THI' project led by Mayor Dave Hodgson kick-started a partnership project which is breathing new life into buildings last used back in 1969.

  • Bedford Armed Forces Day Celebrations 2015 Poster
    Article: Jun 27, 2015

    This Sunday, 28th June, a day of celebration and activities to mark Armed Forces Day is taking place in Bedford town centre, and Mayor Dave Hodgson has encouraged everyone to come along, enjoy the entertainment and thank past and present members of the Armed Forces for their 'extraordinary contribution' to our country.

  • A 'meridian' train in East Midlands Trains livery
    Article: Jun 26, 2015

    Mayor Dave Hodgson has slammed yesterday's announcement by the government that Network Rail's infrastructure projects up to 2019 are being reviewed, with the electrification of the Midland Mainline north of Bedford to be 'paused'. The announcement comes after months of excessive noise at all hours, roads disruption and more have been suffered by residents in villages along the route in north Bedfordshire. Meanwhile, the announcement that the delivery of infrastructure projects in this period are to be reviewed also places a question mark over the timescales for the much-heralded East West Rail link between Bedford and Oxford.

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