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    • Article: Jul 2, 2020
      By Gary MacDonnell

      There is much speculation in the media that the Conservative Government will make moves to change the current system around Planning Permissions. The clear inference drawn from rumours, noting that nothing official has yet been forthcoming, is that getting planning consent will become an easier and quicker process tied in with drive to get Britain building again. Bringing forward key large-scale developments and infrastructure works to operate as driving force in the post Covid 19 economic recovery.

    • Play Parks remain closed
      Article: Jul 2, 2020

      With ongoing concerns about the high infection rate in Bedford Borough, Bedford Borough Council has decided that children's play areas will not be opening on Saturday 4 July.

      Play areas are a risk area for infection to be spread, and with a high rate of infection locally, this decision has been taken to help slow the spread of the virus and keep people safe.

    • UK Government coronavirus poster
      Article: Jul 1, 2020

      With ongoing concerns about the high infection rate in Bedford Borough, Bedford Borough Council has decided that children's play areas will not be opening on Saturday 4 July.

      Play areas are a risk area for infection to be spread, and with a high rate of infection locally, this decision has been taken to help slow the spread of the virus and keep people safe.

    • Lib Dem Leadership Contest
      Article: Jul 1, 2020

      LIB DEM LEADERSHIP ELECTION 2020

      Last month has been the biggest month in membership recruitment for the Liberal Democrats of 2020.

      People are already excited to have their say in the upcoming leadership election and they are joining us to vote for the candidate that they believe in

      Already, Ed Davey and Layla Moran have inspired lots of people to join the Liberal Democrats.

    • Mayor Dave Hodgson
      Article: Jul 1, 2020

      Bedford Borough Council has published its Local Outbreak Control Plan, setting out how it will respond to a local coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The plan will be formally endorsed by the Member Local Outbreak Engagement Board when it meets on Thursday 2 July at 5pm.

      With the introduction of the NHS Test and Trace programme all Unitary and County Councils were asked to produce a Local Outbreak Control Plan. These plans set out how local authorities will work with communities and partners to prevent and respond to local issues and situations related to coronavirus and slow the spread of infection. The plan also provides a specific focus on measures to support those who maybe more vulnerable to the effects of coronavirus.

    • Event: Jul 19, 2020 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
      Zoom Dial-in / YouTube

      Hear from and question the candidates to be the next Liberal Democrat leader.

      Online hustings available on Zoom and YouTube.

      Confirmation and log-in details will be sent by email at least 48 hours before the event. Please ensure you provide a valid email address to allow this to happen!

      RSVP here
    • Article: Jun 30, 2020
      By Alistair Carmichael MP

      This new law crushes what was left of the 'one country, two systems' framework.
      It destroys Hong Kong as we know it.

      The UK government must now act swiftly to uphold the promises we made during the Handover.

      The people of Hong Kong must immediately be given the right to live in the UK, with a pathway to citizenship. It is not good enough for this offer to only apply to BNO status holders and their dependents, as the Government have so far suggested. This leaves behind many young Hong Kongers who have been at the centre of the calls for democracy.

    • Children drawing
      Article: Jun 30, 2020

      Focus on Poverty in Britain in the 21st century

      In our series of articles on Poverty in 21st century Britain we have drawn on research and the experiences of those on the front line.

      In this interview by ATD Fourth World with "Annie" the focus is on the link between poverty and child protection.

      Child Protection Under Covid-19: 'Parents Are Simply on Their Knees'

    • Article: Jun 30, 2020
      By Christine Jardine

      Today, Priti Patel is pushing her damaging Immigration Bill through the House of Commons.

      We need a fair immigration system that treats everyone with dignity and respect.

      By ending EU free movement, the Conservatives would both make it harder for doctors and nurses to come to work in the NHS and charge them thousands of pounds in fees for the privilege.

    • Help for bugs and bees
      Article: Jun 30, 2020

      Mayor Dave Hodgson has announced measures which will see the planting of new hedgerows and increased areas of natural grass and wildflower meadows.

      Wildflower species such as clover and dandelion provide important pollen and nectar sources for insects, bees and other pollinators that are a vital part of our ecosystem. Allowing grass to grow longer produces a more sustainable natural environment and provides food and shelter for animals, bees and other insects.