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  • Bedford Hospital
    Article: Sep 22, 2014

    With the 'Your Health in Bedfordshire' report on the future of Bedford Hospital due to be published this week, Mayor Dave Hodgson has declared that the the campaign for the future of Bedford Hospital must go on and fight for key services if a downgrade is proposed, as expected.

    The campaign has achieved a series of successes, with NHS Commissioners declaring that proposals such as the closure of all beds at Bedford Hospital along with the paediatric and maternity units have been scrapped, despite having previously scored them highest in the evaluation of their short-listed options. However, the latest papers from the Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group indicate that a severe downgrade is still very much in prospect for the Bedford Hospital, and Mayor Dave has called for the campaign's momentum to be maintained.

  • Article: Sep 22, 2014

    British manufacturers want the UK to remain in the EU and lead in its reform, the EEF manufacturers' organisation stressed today in a new 5-point manifesto.

    Making the economic case for EU membership and extending its free market to drive jobs and growth were identified by the EEF as top priorities for the next government.

  • James Wright with Lord Mayor Judith Lubbock and Group Captain Harvey Smyth
    Article: Sep 22, 2014

    During the last week, the people of Norwich have twice come together to remember the Battle of Britain and the debt that we owe those who gave their lives in 1940.

    On Monday I was able watch the parade and flypast from the steps of City Hall, as the airmen from RAF Marham exercised their Freedom of the City.

  • Dave Hodgson
    Article: Sep 22, 2014

    The ill-gotten gains of Bedford fraudster Hendrick Meniru are going to be put to good use by Bedford Borough Council.

    The Council has put forward plans to allocate £450,000 to fund 15 apprenticeship places annually over the next three years. The places will be working within the Council which will partner with Bedford College as its training provider.

  • Harrold Lower School Temporary Classrooms Alongside Newly-Built Permanent Replacement
    Article: Sep 22, 2014

    Mayor Dave Hodgson visited Harrold Lower School recently to see the brand new permanent classrooms which have been constructed as part of the programme to abolish temporary classrooms across all Bedford Borough schools.

    Earlier this year, Bedford Borough Council confirmed it will invest more than £48 million in schools over the next three years. The School Capital Investment Plan set out the Council's ambition to:

  • Sandy Walkington
    Article: Sep 22, 2014

    Following last week's debate at cabinet panel on the Conservative plans to slash opening hours at the county's Household Waste sites, Cllr Sandy Walkington, Liberal Democrat spokesperson on the Environment said:

    "The decision made on the 18th was a glass half full, a glass half empty. The Conservatives caved in on shutting any of the sites completely and they recognised the common sense of moving to later opening hours on the days when the sites will be open. Their minds were certainly concentrated by the thousands of petition signatures across much of the county.

  • Dave Hodgson with Town Bridge behind
    Article: Sep 21, 2014

    Writing in his latest monthly column for the Times and Citizen newspaper, Mayor Dave hodgson has encouraged local residents to have their say on the latest Council savings proposals, which once again put front-line services first in the face of unprecedented funding pressures.

    The full article is below:

  • Article: Sep 21, 2014

    Within hours of the momentous decision by the Scottish people to remain in the UK, Westminster found itself once again bogged down in conventional party political point scoring.

    I have seen for myself the way in which the vested interests in the two old parties can conspire to block reform - scuppering elections to the House of Lords and a clean up of party funding in recent years.

  • Document: Sep 20, 2014
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  • Article: Sep 19, 2014

    After a momentous day, the Liberal Democrats are delighted that Scotland has decided to remain in the UK. This is an exciting time as now we can start delivering more powers to Scotland.

    Commenting on the results, Nick Clegg said:

    "I'm absolutely delighted the Scottish people have taken this momentous decision to safeguard our family of nations for future generations.

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