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Welcome to the website of the Liberal Democrats in England. In the coming months we will develop this website into a useful tool for both party members and the General Public alike.
If you would like to contact the Liberal Democrats in England then please email us at info@englishlibdems.org

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  • Article: Feb 24, 2020
    By Ed Davey

    2020 marks the 15th LGBT History Month and since its inception in 2005, this has been a month of both reflection and action.

    Over the last few years, we've made some amazing leaps for equality, including seeing same-sex marriage legalised in Northern Ireland just a few months ago. However, it is important to remember there is still a long way to go before we reach true equality.

  • Cllr Charles Royden
    Article: Feb 24, 2020

    Queen Street car park offers local residents, businesses and employers cheap parking all year round, and now Bedford Borough Council has made it even easier for people to use this town centre car park.

    People can now pay for an annual season ticket monthly rather than having to find the money upfront, at Queen Street and a number of other town centre car parks.

  • Article: Feb 23, 2020

    Dear All

    Road safety is a major concern in most of Worthen with Shelve and Chirbury with Brompton Parishes especially as there have been 2 deaths on the B4386 since July.

    The Police Commissioner has just launched a road safety Strategy and would like people to take part in the consultation around the document attached. See the link in his office email below.

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    Article: Feb 23, 2020

    Radio Shropshire came to visit the land slip on the A490 (Chirbury to Churchstoke road)today (21st February. The reporter,Ian Perry, said the drop gave him vertigo! However, the carriageway is well sectioned off and safe. I am pressing for the Council to get the Government's 'Bellwin' emergency funding to pay for this major work as soon as possible. This road is used heavily all year but even more so in the summer. More on Radio

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    Article: Feb 23, 2020

    There has been a major land slippage along the road where it borders Marrington Dingle. Trees and the verge have disappeared. This will need significant work using gabions and concrete to make the carriageway safe. It could take a while for the Council to find the money!!! Years of traffic lights here will not be acceptable. I will be raising this next week with senior officers

  • Mayor Dave Hodgson meeting Fizzy Rascals
    Article: Feb 23, 2020

    Earlier this week Mayor Dave Hodgson met with the Fizzy Rascals who help run Gig Buddies in Bedford.

    Gig Buddies is a befriending and social group run for adults living with a learning disability. A Gig buddy is a volunteer who supports an adult living with a learning disability to attend gigs and events.

  • Article: Feb 22, 2020

    CHAIRS REPORT ch2019

    Our executive are all volunteers, and whilst we are considering getting some part-time paid help, we are still trying to manage with whatever 'spare time' we have.
    We appreciate your support, and would be pleased if you could help us develop our group. I'll be standing down as chair at our AGM, after nearly four years, I would like to thank everyone who has been supportive of our goals, especially our executive members past and present.
    Environment and Climate Change have become common parlance, and whilst the wider population are waking up to the impact of their personal decisions. Sadly, relatively few people understand how we can effect change.
    Many of us have been considering the environment for years, and have made changes accordingly. Pity the person who has just woken up to the issue. Should they cancel their holiday flights, ease up on dairy, stop mowing the lawn, buy a reusable bottle, sell the car, turn down the heating, wear charity shop clothes or join Friends of the Earth? It can be overwhelming! Perhaps the role of GLD has changed, it's time to stop drawing people's attention to the problems, and start setting out the solutions.
    Sometimes I attend events like conferences and seminars, and I'm astonished at how far we have come. The talk is of climate change, single use, recycling, and low carbon lifestyles, but when I look around, it's like we are in a parallel universe. It seems talking about change is taking the place of creating change. We are the influencers. We need to able to show others how we can move into the new world of low impact living, while maintaining our positions on the local council, as activists, or as community leaders. We need to be brave. It's time to stop justifying our choices, the narrative has moved on. We no longer need to explain why we have fitted solar panels, or why we walk to the station, but we need to use our experiences to make those same choices easier for others. We can best understand what's stopping people from cycling by getting on a bike. Without first hand personal experience, it can be difficult to appreciate the efforts others are making. Have you ever asked for plant-based food at a conference? If not, how can you expect the caterers to provide low-impact food? If you are concerned about plastic waste, what solutions have you tried, what are the obstacles you have experienced, how can those around you make it easier to be sustainable? Did you ever take all that plastic packaging back to the supermarket, or unwrap your vegetables on the checkout conveyor belt before putting them into your bag? It's time for action on the environment. This is especially true of our elected member and candidates. It is a lot easier to garner support from those increasing numbers of voters concerned about the environment if you are taking a lead, and can demonstrate your commitment.
    Finally, I'd like to thank everyone again, It's been great, we've had some wonderful moments.

  • Mayor Dave Hodgson supporting Companions Real Bread
    Article: Feb 22, 2020

    Today marks the start of Real Bread Week 2020, which runs until 1st March.

    To celebrate local charity Companions Read Bread demostrated some of their skills and showed off their bread in the Harpur Centre.

    Companions Real Bread is a growing community gathered around a commercial Real Bread bakery, supporting ex-offenders to resettle effectively into our local communities and not reoffend. They are based at the bakery behind The Gallery Cafe, 7 Howard Street, Bedford, MK40 3HS, where you can buy their bread, have a cuppa while you watch them make it through the window, and even join in the occasional workshop.

  • Article: Feb 22, 2020

    Thank you!

    Whether you're a Police and Crime Commissioner Candidate, a Mayoral Candidate, a GLA candidate, a Council Candidate or one of the thousands of Liberal Democrat activists that help get them elected, we want to say thank you.

    The time and effort you give is what makes our party tick and without you, we couldn't achieve the change at every level of government we all are fighting for. We hope you find this page useful as you prepare for the 2020 local elections.

  • Article: Feb 21, 2020

    As you know, there are hundreds of local and regional elections happening in England and Wales in May this year, including Council, Mayoral and Police & Crime Commissioner elections.

    They present us with an excellent opportunity to make huge gains across the country, and for your local party to make a big impact in your local area.