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OPINION: 11 million pages read as we reach our third birthday, we must be...

The Bedford Independent's pages have been read 11 million times since its launch in November 2018. The data provided by Google Analytics show that since our launch we've grown steadily...
Alistair Burt served as the MP for North East Bedfordshire 2001-2019

Opinion: We must talk about public servant safety

I was elected to Parliament on the same day as David Amess in 1983. For the best part of forty years after we were friends and colleagues, and the descriptions of him, and his life in public...
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Opinion: Be part of the solution not part of the problem

In the last 48 hours, two of our most popular stories have been about new businesses choosing Bedford to make bold, ambitious and dynamic change...

OPINION: Don’t just think about yourself, don’t take risks and don’t be a d*ck

With Bedford's high infection rates, Bedfordians are all too aware of the pressures the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic is having on people and the chief medical officer has reiterated today...
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OPINION: Where are Bedford’s COVID-19 vaccines?

We knew we wouldn't be first on the list, but Bedford residents at least were reassured that, come 4 January, two Covid-19 (coronavirus) vaccination hubs would be open in the Borough...

Opinion: Shop local this Christmas to support vital independent Bedford businesses

As news of lockdown 2.0 emerged on Halloween, many of Bedford's bricks and mortar businesses were once again preparing to shut up shop, just as the busy Christmas trading season was...
Bedford Park Concerts' Proms has been a popular local family event for 25 years. Image: Bedford Park Concerts/Facebook

Opinion: Borough Councillors – Just let them entertain us

It seems like all Bedfordians everywhere were astounded, when they learnt that Bedford Park Concerts was at risk due to an objection by the Borough Council's Environmental Health Officers...
Police and Crime Commissioner Kathryn Holloway

Opinion: PCC’s ‘racism accusation’ makes a mockery of both her careers

As a public official, let alone a former journalist, PCC Kathryn Holloway should be more than aware that she and her office will be asked difficult questions and be held to account. Her...
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OPINION: The shifting blame of the coronavirus pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic is like nothing else experienced in our lifetime. It’s brought out the best of us, it’s brought out the worst of...
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OPINION: When it comes to Cummings – the media fails

Journalism, has, on the whole, had a good crisis. My former trade has held the government's feet to the fire and highlighted key failures. But on Dominic Cummings it's fallen down - badly...
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Opinion: Bedford Blues’ Will Hooley talks about RFU’s reaction to coronavirus

The Rugby Football Union (RFU), released in a statement on Monday (16 March), that “all rugby activity in England, at both professional and community level” will be suspended until 17 April. The inevitable perhaps...
Bedford's Old Arcade

Opinion: The death of the High Street has been greatly exaggerated*

According to research, around 16 stores closed their doors every day in the first half of 2019 while only nine opened. This has seen a net decline of 1,234...
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