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    • Cllr Tim Caswell
      Article: Oct 17, 2019

      Older residents are less likely to be forced to stay in hospital longer than necessary due to a lack of social care services in Bedford Borough than anywhere else in the country, councillors heard this week.

      Last year Bedford Borough had just 73 delayed discharges from hospital due to social care - the lowest in the country. In Norfolk by comparison there were 13,828 delayed transfers, significantly worse even given the greater population in Norfolk.

    • Chelmsford Army and Navy flyover showing chunks missing from the concrete
      Article: Oct 16, 2019

      Essex County Council is preparing to demolish Chelmsford's Army & Navy flyover and specialist firms are coming forward to express an interest in the work. ECC announced last month that the flyover would stay closed after a detailed engineering report revealed new defects within its concrete foundations.

    • Article: Oct 16, 2019

      The news just broke: turns out that the SNP spent more on the recent Shetland by-election than in the entire EU referendum campaign.

      It seems that the SNP just see Brexit as a golden opportunity to push independence at the price of our country's well-being.

      Shocker

      The party spent £99,000 on the Shetland by-election (of a spending limit of £100,000), compared to just over £90,000 in the 2016 referendum (13% of the limit)

    • 2019 Bedford Festival of Lights
      Article: Oct 16, 2019

      The 2019 Festival of Lights will take place this Saturday (19th October) at The Bunyan Sports Centre on Mile Road.

      The event will be hosted by the Bedford Indian Community and it promises to be a Cultural Extravaganza including Classical Indian performances, Bollywood dances, Musical performances and lots of stalls.

    • Nina Stimson ()
      Article: Oct 16, 2019

      The Liberal Democrats have tabled an amendment to the Queen's speech to put any deal that comes back from Brussels to a People's Vote.

      If selected, this amendment would be voted on early next week, likely on Monday.

      "The Liberal Democrats are the strongest party of Remain and have been the leading voice in the People's Vote campaign" said Lib Dem Leader Jo Swinson. "Boris Johnson is determined to have a general election, but the best way to resolve the Brexit chaos is to have a People's Vote and give the British people the final say about their future. The best deal we have is as members of the European Union and we want to give the people the chance to choose to stop Brexit."

    • Article: Oct 15, 2019

      With her conference speech today Nicola Sturgeon has shown that she has given up on all the people across the UK trying to stop Brexit.

      The momentum is with us. We can win this, if we stick together.

      Instead of helping to unite people across the country, the SNP this week ruled out any co-operation unless they get independence.

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      Article: Oct 15, 2019

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      Halesworth and District Lib Dems Group present

      Confessions of a Spin Doctor

      Wednesday 23rd October 2019

      'The Stables' at the rear of 'The Angel Hotel, Halesworth at 7.00 PM

      Wine and nibbles will be provided.

      Please RSVP to john.shreeve@eastlibdems.org.uk or tel 07483322821

      Whitehall's longest serving communications director, Simon MacDowall who served six secretaries of state and seven permanent secretaries in three government departments (1999-2011) will entertain and inform us with an illustrated talk on the realities of balancing the interaction between politics and the news media. He will also reflect on the rapidly changing communications landscape and its impact on modern political discourse in the current political climate.

    • Barclays Eaton closure cutting (https://www.edp24.co.uk/news/barclays-bank-announces-eaton-branch-is-to-close-1-5617582)
      Article: Oct 15, 2019
      By James Wright

      Before closing over 480 local branches in the past four years, Barclays assured its customers that they would still be able to do all their banking at their local Post Office. It was even argued that this could be a boost for local shops with Post Office counters as it would bring more customers through their doors.

    • National Adoption Week
      Article: Oct 15, 2019

      This week is National Adoption Week, and Bedford Borough Council is urging adoptive families to come forward in an effort to provide homes for children.

      The focus for 2019 is on those children who wait the longest to find a loving home - those in a sibling group, children from Black and Minority Ethnic backgrounds, older children and those with complex health needs or those with a disability.

    • Article: Oct 15, 2019

      Mike joins us from his current position as Chief Executive of Addaction, a mental health, drug, alcohol and young persons charity, and was previously Assistant Chief Executive at Citizens Advice and through both of which he has extensive experience of managing member-style organisations.

      I am delighted Mike will be taking on this crucial role at such an exciting time for the Liberal Democrats. Mike's experience in senior management and at leading organisations will be hugely valuable to the continuing growth of the party off the back of successive election campaigns which have put the Liberal Democrats back in a strong position in UK politics.