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    • Layla Moran (Chris McAndrew [CC BY 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)] https://pds.blog.parliament.uk/2017/07/21/mp-official-portraits-open-source-images/)
      Article: Jun 19, 2019

      Liberal Democrat MP Layla Moran will today urge the Government to repeal the Vagrancy Act at the launch of Crisis' report into the case for repealing.

      The MP for Oxford West and Abingdon held a debate in the House of Commons in January on her campaign to repeal the Vagrancy Act, which criminalises rough sleeping in England and Wales. Ms Moran also introduced a Bill to repeal it in February 2018.

      The report says that the Act "does not tackle the problems people have, and there is evidence that it can also push people further from the help they need."

      Speaking ahead of the launch, Layla Moran MP said "I absolutely welcome the publication of this report. You can't ignore the evidence and it is clear that the Government needs to repeal the Dickensian Vagrancy Act. It is making many people's situation even worse. Now is the time to act. I will not stop campaigning until we have scrapped this cruel law and we take a more compassionate approach to the homelessness crisis we are facing in this country. Almost 600 homeless people died on our streets in 2017 alone. We need to end this 'out of sight, out of mind' attitude that the Act promotes and get on with fixing the problem."

    • Layla Moran (Chris McAndrew [CC BY 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)] https://pds.blog.parliament.uk/2017/07/21/mp-official-portraits-open-source-images/)
      Article: Jun 19, 2019

      Liberal Democrat MP Layla Moran will today urge the Government to repeal the Vagrancy Act at the launch of Crisis' report into the case for repealing.

      The MP for Oxford West and Abingdon held a debate in the House of Commons in January on her campaign to repeal the Vagrancy Act, which criminalises rough sleeping in England and Wales. Ms Moran also introduced a Bill to repeal it in February 2018.

      The report says that the Act "does not tackle the problems people have, and there is evidence that it can also push people further from the help they need."

      Speaking ahead of the launch, Layla Moran MP said "I absolutely welcome the publication of this report. You can't ignore the evidence and it is clear that the Government needs to repeal the Dickensian Vagrancy Act. It is making many people's situation even worse. Now is the time to act. I will not stop campaigning until we have scrapped this cruel law and we take a more compassionate approach to the homelessness crisis we are facing in this country. Almost 600 homeless people died on our streets in 2017 alone. We need to end this 'out of sight, out of mind' attitude that the Act promotes and get on with fixing the problem."

    • Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson [Boris Johnson]
      Article: Jun 18, 2019

      LEADERSHIP OF THE WESTERN WORLD...

      By Jon James

      With little sign that any of the Tory candidates for PM have any more idea of how to resolve the destructive, self inflicted trauma that is Brexit than the retiring incumbent, the public is forced to sit on the sidelines as the tories indulge in their own internecine warfare to choose a new Leader.

    • Mayor Dave Hodgson at Bedford's Eid Celebration
      Article: Jun 18, 2019

      Earlier today Mayor Dave Hodgson visited Bedford's Eid Festival at the Addison Howard Park in Kempston.

      As well as fun events, food stalls and community organisations, Islamic Relief were also there raising awareness.

    • Mayor Dave Hodgson by Borough Hall in Bedford
      Article: Jun 18, 2019

      Mayor Dave Hodgson writes about the upcoming road works:

      I know very well what a big impact traffic congestion can have for people, with huge knock-on effects for their personal and working lives. That's why we're delivering the biggest ever investment in our roads to ease congestion at hotspots around Bedford including Cow Bridge and Ampthill Road on the south side of town and Clapham Road/A6/Manton Lane to the north.

      The grant money we won for the Transporting Bedford 2020 project has to be spent by April 2021, and with numerous major works taking place to get traffic moving, we have to crack on with them. The next works beginning under this programme are at Britannia Road, by the hospital, and you can read more about that scheme here.

      Those works will inevitably cause disruption, and another set of works to do that will be Network Rail's closure of Bromham Road Bridge from June 24th until Spring 2020. What is especially hard to take about these works is that we are due to get a downgraded rail service after they're finished due to decisions by the government.

      Details of Network Rail's works can be found here.

      One silver lining is that we have won their agreement to enable us to build a much-needed cycle and foot bridge alongside the road bridge after it's completed. They will also have a temporary cycle and foot bridge in place during the works.

      We'll be monitoring the works closely and ensuring Network Rail does everything it can to minimise disruption and inconvenience, while taking any action we can in terms of easing traffic around town.

    • Judith Jolly
      Article: Jun 18, 2019

      Responding to the Health Foundation's report which criticises the Conservative Government's long term plan for the NHS as being jeopardised by a lack of funding and rising demand, Liberal Democrat Health Spokesperson Judith Jolly said "It is unsurprising to see more voices joining the criticisms of the Tory Government's supposed 'long term plan' for the NHS. The strategy, which fails to account for the critical staffing shortages in our health service, does not deserve to be seen as a credible proposal let alone be called a 'long term plan'."

      Baroness Jolly added "Rather than cutting prevention services and ignoring social care as the Tories have, the Liberal Democrats would put 1p in income tax to inject £6 billion into our health service, as well as implement a national workforce strategy to tackle the staffing crisis. Our NHS saves thousands of lives, day in day out. But as the Conservatives continue to ignore the struggles of our doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals to meet the rising demand against the backdrop of Tory cuts, patients are being put at risk. Patients deserve better and the Liberal Democrats demand better. The Conservative Government's plan for the NHS is not fit for purpose."

    • Article: Jun 17, 2019

      Bedford Borough Council has commissioned experts to look at the impact of converting residential properties to shared houses, also known as 'Houses in Multiple Occupation' or 'HMOs'.

      Currently, houses can be converted into what are called 'small HMOs' for up to six people, without the need for planning permission.

    • Article: Jun 16, 2019
      By Jo Swinson

      Over the past three years, I have been proud to help lead the calls for a People's Vote in the belief that the challenge of Brexit required not only the strong leadership provided by the Liberal Democrats but also for us to work together with people of all parties and none.

      I never imagined that I would be able to say that Michael Heseltine and Alastair Campbell voted the same way as me, but our message to stop Brexit brought together voters from all corners of our politics.

    • Barbara Gibson and Lucy Nethsingha MEPs
      Article: Jun 16, 2019

      Why are MEPs like buses?
      You wait 5 years for one to come along - then 2 arrive together! Ba-boom!
      The photograph shows a party in Harston near Cambridge this afternoon (Sat 15/06/2019) celebrating the Liberal Democrat success in having 2 MEPs elected in the E of England Region.
      The Liberal Democrats now have 16 MEPs in Great Britain plus 1 Alliance MEP in Northern Ireland.
      Barbara Gibson MEP is on the left and Lucy Nethsingha MEP is on the right.

    • Article: Jun 15, 2019
      By Sir Ed Davey MP

      I'm running to be Leader of the Liberal Democrats - but your choice could be about far more than simply who leads our Party.

      The tectonic plates of British Politics are shifting, and its the most volatile I have seen it in my lifetime. With the Liberal Democrats on 20% in the polls, two main Parties crumbling from the inside, and a re-alignment of political allegiances across the country, we have a golden opportunity to cement our place as the leading force of Remain.