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  • Article: Aug 26, 2016

    Commenting on the burkini in France and reports as to how it is being enforced Meral Hussein-Ece, the Liberal Democrats' Equalities spokesperson said:

    "Dictating how women dress is illiberal and reprehensible. Why would anyone think that banning burkinis and then actively forcing women to remove clothing helps fight a war on terror?

  • Priory Country Park Cafe
    Article: Aug 26, 2016

    This month Priory Country Park visitor centre has taken on a new lease of life with a brand new café!

    The Cloverdale Retreat Café opened its doors last week and owner Glenda Mansfield and her partner Steve are getting to know park users ahead of the grand opening later this month. The café is open to the public seven days a week from 10am to 4pm; serving a range of teas, coffee, savoury snacks and cakes. Glenda and Steve also hope to launch a new menu of hot food and chef's specials as their customer base grows.

  • Article: Aug 26, 2016

    Norman Lamb has called for an urgent review of the use of tasers by police officers, following the death of former footballer Dalian Atkinson.

    In June, Lamb called for an outright ban on the use of tasers in mental health settings, and tabled amendments to the Policing and Crime Bill to introduce such a ban. In response to last night's death, however, he is now calling for an urgent national review of tasers and electroshock weapons in all settings.

  • Article: Aug 26, 2016

    The City will not have the full benefits of membership of the single market under the Government's plans for Brexit, the body representing the UK's banking sector has suggested.

    Economics spokesperson Susan Kramer said:

    "A bilateral deal is simply not good enough if we are to protect key parts of our economy, including our financial services. This jeopardises our ability to retain institutions that underpin the City's success - including the clearing houses.

  • Article: Aug 26, 2016

    The Liberal Democrats have slammed the fall in non-EU students studying at British universities.

    Alistair Carmichael, the party's Home Affairs spokesperson, lambasted the fall which he said showed the government's fixation with their immigration target was undermining Britain's economy and the university sector.

  • Article: Aug 26, 2016

    Rail fares are set to go up again for Bedford and Kempston commuters, with the Government announcing that another 1.9% increase is on the cards.

    Rail fares have increased at twice the rate of wages over the last six years, even though our rail fares are already the highest in Europe!

    On top of this, Bedford and Kempston commuters are getting one of the worst deals in the country with only 78.3% of Govia Thameslink route trains arriving at their final station on time, over 5% lower than the next worst.

  • school
    Article: Aug 26, 2016

    Initial GCSE results figures from local schools show an improvement overall both in terms of students' attainment and the progress made by students. The figures show that Bedford Borough students have, overall, made more progress than their peers across other parts of the country, and have made a greater improvement than would be expected for students with similar 'prior attainment'.

  • Bedford Hospital
    Article: Aug 25, 2016

    Mayor Dave Hodgson has said that the flawed work of the Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes Healthcare Review, which culminated in proposals to close maternity services at Bedford Hospital, must be scrapped altogether and not continued within the successor STP (Sustainability and Transformation Plan) process.

  • Article: Aug 24, 2016

    Yes, Britain's been doing very well recently - or at least until Brexit came along to spoil everything. From 2000 to 2015 UK's GDP rose by 4 trillion pounds.

    You may be looking around wondering where it all went. Well almost everybody got a little bit of the action and almost everybody's living standards improved.

  • Dad's Army Boat on Parade at the Bedford River Festival
    Article: Aug 23, 2016

    In his latest monthly column for the Bedford Bulletin, Mayor Dave Hodgson has reiterated his thanks to everyone who took part in the 2016 River Festival, along with everyone who was part of the record attendance of over 300,000 people.

    Record numbers attended this year's event, and Mayor Dave writes about how the success of the festival, and that of numerous public events which take place across the Borough, is thanks in large part to the 'herculean efforts' of the volunteers who help make them happen. Here's the full article: