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  • Article: Jun 21, 2017

    Donald Trump's state visit to the UK appears to have been shelved for at least two years after it was not included in the Queen's speech.

    Liberal Democrat Chief Whip Alistair Carmichael commented: "It took Theresa May just seven days to offer Donald Trump a state visit, it's taken her 145 days to officially postpone it.

  • Article: Jun 21, 2017

    Letting agents fees look set to be banned in this year Queen's Speech following pressure from the Liberal Democrats.

    The fees cost on average £223 per tenancy but under the new plans they will be banned and tenants will be given the opportunity to recover illegal fees imposed upon them.

    Lib Dem peer Olly Grender, who has led a campaign against the fees, said: "I am absolutely delighted that the ban on letting fees set out in my Private Members' Bill is now being proposed as law.

  • Article: Jun 21, 2017
    By Nick Hopkinson, chair of the Liberal Democrat European Group in Liberal Democrat Voice

    Brexiters claim that 82% of voters supporting the Tories and Labour validated Brexit in the recent General Election. This has a grain of truth in it. However subsequent polls found issues such as health, the economy, and security were more important to voters. Furthermore, the election marked a return to two party politics in which smaller parties, including ours, were squeezed. A vote for Labour was not necessarily a vote for its ambiguous Brexit stance, but arguably one for hope and an end to Tory austerity.

  • Article: Jun 20, 2017

    Jo Swinson has been elected unanimously as Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats.

    The result was announced on Tuesday evening at the Liberal Democrat parliamentary party meeting.

    Jo will continue in her role as Liberal Democrat Shadow Foreign Secretary.

    Jo said: "I am very proud to have been elected by a newly energised and strengthened parliamentary party.

  • Article: Jun 20, 2017

    Theresa May is reported to have dropped plans to scrap free school lunches for infant pupils from tomorrow's Queen's Speech.

    It comes after the Liberal Democrats strongly criticised the Conservatives during the election campaign over their manifesto plans which would have deprived 1.7 million children of free school lunches, including 700,000 living in poverty.

  • Article: Jun 20, 2017

    Chancellor Philip Hammond has called for a transitional deal on Brexit to protect the economy at a speech at Mansion House, while Bank of England Governor Mark Carney has admitted that Brexit will make us all poorer.

    It comes as the government is under pressure from the Liberal Democrats and business community to soften its stance on Brexit, including by protecting Britain's membership of the single market and customs union.

  • Article: Jun 20, 2017

    Mayor Dave Hodgson has thanked Cllr Mohammad Yasin MP for his work as Cabinet Member for Adult Services, after he stood down from the role following his election as MP for Bedford and Kempston in the recent General Election.

    Commenting, Mayor Dave said: "I want to thank Cllr Yasin for all of his hard work as Portfolio Holder for Adult Services. I have congratulated him on his election success, and look forward to continuing to work with him, in his capacity as the MP for Bedford and Kempston.'

  • Article: Jun 19, 2017

    Commenting on the terrorist incident near Finsbury Park mosque in north London, Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said: "The Finsbury Park attack is senseless barbarism. Yet again we are rocked by a horrific incident for which there is no rhyme or reason.

    "People who commit these heinous acts want to divide us, force us to turn in on ourselves and fight each other. We cannot and must not let them win. Our values matter, we must stand together.

  • Article: Jun 16, 2017

    Liberal Democrats have announced a new Shadow Cabinet. The party which gained seats in the election now have 12 MPs in the House of Commons.

    Liberal Democrat Leader Tim Farron said: "I am delighted to announce our new shadow cabinet team, which brings together a wealth of experience. The party has people with a range of skills from within government, business and the charity sector.

  • The Blue Plaque at Bedford Corn Exchange which Commemorates the BBC's Wartime Broadcasts from Bedford
    Article: Jun 16, 2017

    Mayor Dave Hodgson has unveiled a plaque at Bedford Corn Exchange to commemorate the BBC music broadcasts from Bedford during the Second World War.

    In the period 1941-45 there were an incredible 8,000 broadcasts from Bedford, across seven different studios including the Corn Exchange. A long list of internationally-renowned musicians and performers played in Bedford during the period, including Dame Vera Lynn, Sir Henry Wood and perhaps most famously, Glenn Miller and his band. BBC announcements referred to the broadcasts as being from simply 'Somewhere in England.'