Working for the future of Bedford & Kempston

Please note: This site covers the period that I was a Member of Parliament from May 2010 to June 2017. 

Petition

I am all for cost-saving measures by the Council, but the proposal to convert the Civic Theatre in to a “one stop shop” for council services is daft.  The Civic Theatre should remain in its role as a dignified part of our cultural community.  Has the Mayor no sense of the value of amateur productions  – of plays, of music, of other cultural events?  With vast swathes of the town’s retailing locations vacant, is there no other building available?  Why wreck the role of a key building when alternatives exist?

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Richard hands over 500 bypass petition signatures to Jan Steel of Bedford Borough Council

Handing over 500 bypass petition signatures to Jan Steel of Bedford Borough Council

While others talked, I collected over 500 signatures in support of the Borough Council’s petition for Government funding to complete the bypass.  Thank you to all of you who signed and joined the effort for this long overdue improvement.  I believe that we need to put pressure on this Government to get them to help finish the job otherwise congestion will get even worse across town.