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  • Dave Hodgson and Liberal Democrat Colleagues Celebrate his Success in the 2015 Bedford Borough Mayoral Election
    Article: May 9, 2015

    Mayor Dave Hodgson has thanked voters across Bedford Borough, after a stunning victory in the mayoral election. Mayor Dave was re-elected with a majority of 8,789 over Jas Parmar, the Conservative candidate in second place, following the re-allocation of second preference votes under the supplementary voting system. The margin of victory was nearly 3,000 more than in the previous mayoral election in 2011.

  • Mayor Dave Hodgson shows children from Wootton Lower School the plans for the school's new Fields Road extension site
    Article: May 7, 2015

    Under Mayor Dave Hodgson Bedford Borough Council has invested in the Borough's future, with improved school buildings and facilities, extra capacity created to avert the primary places crisis seen elsewhere and rising school standards. Here are the facts:

    • Ofsted's latest annual report ranks Bedford Borough as one of the top six places in the country for a child to attend lower or primary school, based on the proportion attending good or outstanding schools.
  • Dave Hodgson with Town Bridge behind
    Article: May 6, 2015

    As Mayor, Dave Hodgson has at all times made clear that he is community's representative on the Council, not the other way round. That's why a series of measures have been taken to make the Council more open and accountable to local residents across Bedford Borough. Here are the facts:

    • Bedford Borough Council was one of the first local authorities in the country to publish payments to suppliers and external bodies online for local residents to inspect. Government civil servants visited Bedford Borough Council to find out more about this local transparancy drive, and the government subsequently made it compulsory for all councils to publish payments in this way.
  • Mayor Dave Hodgson with Pavenham Solar Panels
    Article: May 6, 2015

    With the introduction of tough action on littering for the first time ever in the Borough, the pioneering Mayor's Climate Change Fund and a huge fall in the Council's own carbon emissions, Mayor Dave Hodgson has a formidable record on the Enviuronment. Here are the facts:

    • The Council did not carry out enforcement against littering before Mayor Dave became Mayor. He has changed that emphatically, with a zero tolerance approach following a public awareness campaign and literally hundreds of fines imposed on those caught littering. Under the radically diferrent regime introduced by Mayor Dave the Council has also shown it will pursue cases right through the courts where people refuse to pay, with dozens of offenders prosecuted and forced to pay fines of hundreds of pounds.
  • The new Bedford Bus Station in operation
    Article: May 5, 2015

    Despite the council's unprecedented financial pressures, Mayor Dave Hodgson has a remarkable record of getting things done for Bedford Borough, with key transport projects promised for decades turned into a reality. Meanwhile, roads maintenance, local bus services and cycle provision have all been improved. Here are the facts:

  • Dave Hodgson with Town Bridge behind
    Article: May 5, 2015

    Since the day he was first elected as Mayor in October 2009, Mayor Dave Hodgson has prioritised economic growth and jobs for Bedford Borough. He has retained the Economic Development portfolio personally throughout his time as Mayor, and has worked tirelessly to attract new investment and create a supportive environment in which existing businesses can succeed. Here are the facts on jobs and the local economy:

  • Mayor Dave Hodgson in the Bedford Borough mobile library
    Article: May 4, 2015

    In the face of unprecedented reductions in the council's funding from government and massive financial pressures, Mayor Dave Hodgson has a striking record on saving local services in Bedford Borough, with no libraries, leisure centres or children's centres closed, with weekly collections protected and with bus services maintained and expanded. Here are the facts:

  • Pile of coins
    Article: May 3, 2015

    With the crucial mayoral election approaching on Thursday 7th May, this is the first of a short series here on MayorDave.org.uk setting out the facts on a number of key issues and looking at the remarkable record of Mayor Dave Hodgson in getting the best for Bedford Borough.

    Despite unprecedented reductions in the council's funding from government and massive financial pressures, this is Mayor Dave Hodgson's record on council tax:

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