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  • Dave Hodgson at the Clapham end of the planned final section of the Bedford Western Bypass
    Article: Oct 17, 2014

    In his latest article for the Times and Citizen, published in the paper this week, Mayor Dave Hodgson looked at the progress made in enhancing local transport infrastructure, including the commencement of works on the final phase of the Bedford Western Bypass. The start of these works is extremely welcome, he writes, especially after so many obstacles had to be faced down and overcome, while further projects such as East West Rail follow those already delivered and ongoing in making Bedford Borough even better connected for local residents and businesses. There is still more to be done, however, he concludes.

  • Article: Oct 17, 2014

    Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has today announced the winners of the inaugural Dadabhai Naoroji Awards, bestowed by the British Government for services to UK-India relations.

    The Awards were judged by ministers following nominations from the public and attended by Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.

  • Article: Oct 17, 2014

    In an interview with the Guardian in Stockport on Thursday, Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the Liberal Democrats Nick Clegg explained why Greater Manchester and other strong city regions should not be forced to have their own Boris Johnson-style mayor in return for more powers.

    After the Scottish referendum, Nick explained the urgency needed to free Greater Manchester and other Northern cities from the 'stifling grip of Whitehall and Westminster', saying that introducing Boris Johnsons was not the answer.

  • pension1
    Article: Oct 17, 2014

    Pensioners will benefit from a 2.5 per cent increase in their state pension thanks to the Liberal Democrat Triple Lock guarantee.

    Figures show that inflation is below target meaning that the basic state pension will be boosted by 2.5% next year.

    The Triple Lock guarantee means that pensions will increase with inflation, earnings or 2.5 per cent - whichever is highest.

    Commenting on the inflation figures, Liberal Democrat Chief Secretary to the Treasury,Danny Alexander said: "This below target inflation number is good news for everyone, but will help pensioners in particular as the Liberal Democrat flagship 'Triple Lock' policy will kick in to give an above inflation pension increase.

    "The Triple Lock delivers a pension rise of whichever is the greater of average earnings, inflation or 2.5%.

    "This means that next year the basic state pension will rise by 2.5% or £2.85 a week. With Liberal Democrats in Government the basic state pension has risen by over £950.

    "This shows that pensioners are at the heart of our Liberal Democrat vision of a stronger economy and a fairer society.

    "They've done their bit for society and paid their dues over a lifetime. Our Triple Lock policy ensures our country does right by them.

    "This is in stark contrast to life under the Conservatives who broke the link between pensions and earnings in the Thatcher years, and life under Labour when pensioners were insulted with rises as low as 75p."

  • Crime
    Article: Oct 16, 2014

    The latest independent crime survey of England and Wales shows crime continuing to fall. It has fallen by 16% over the year June 2013 to June 2014 and 25% under this government.

    Liberal Democrats have been working in government to make our communities safer. We have freed front-line police officers from unnecessary bureaucracy and given communities more powers to tackle anti-social behaviour.

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    Article: Oct 16, 2014

    Conservative MP and former Environment Secretary Owen Paterson gave a speech yesterday calling on the Government to scrap environmental commitments.

    Responding to Owen Paterson's speech, Liberal Democrat Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Ed Davey said:

    "Climate change is one of the biggest threats the world faces and Liberal Democrats are determined our children and grandchildren don't pay the price for the mistakes of the generations before them.

  • Start of Work at 1-4 St Paul's Square
    Article: Oct 16, 2014

    Work is well underway to restore derelict buildings on St Paul's Square to their former glory and provide much-needed affordable town centre housing for local people.

    The buildings have been left empty and unused for around 40 years. However, this project will restore the outside as well as refurbishing the inside, creating 10 new affordable flats for local people and regenerating an important part of the town centre.

  • Article: Oct 16, 2014

    Years of campaigning by Cambridge Liberal Democrats could pay off next week when a dangerous Cambridge junction looks set to get a share of a £2 million plus fund for improvements.

    The Queen Edith's Way roundabout junction with Fendon Road and Mowbray Road is used by more than 300 cyclists an hour and more than 150 pedestrians, many of them school and college students.

  • Building
    Article: Oct 16, 2014

    Liberal Democrat Party President Tim Farron has slammed Labour's plans for housebuilding, pointing to their terrible record when in government.

    By the time they left office the number of new homes being built had fallen to its lowest level since the 1920s.

    Under Labour repossessions reached a 14 year high and the number of families waiting for a social home nearly doubled from 1 million to 1.8 million.

  • James Wright
    Article: Oct 16, 2014

    The basic state pensions will rise by at least £2.85 a week thanks to the Liberal Democrats triple lock. It means 185,231 pensioners in Norfolk will benefit from an increase in their pension.

    This rise will bring the level of the state pension to at least £115.95 and will benefit millions of pensioners across the UK. This is £18.30 more, each week, than in 2010 when the Liberal Democrats entered coalition. This means pensioners on the full basic state pension are £950 a year better off than they were under Labour.

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