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Bedfordshire

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Bedford,

former county, central England. Also called Beds, it was abolished as an administrative authority in 2009, but it remains a ceremonial county under the Lieutenancies Act. The county seat was BedfordBedford,
town and borough (1991 pop. 75,632), central England, on the Ouse River. It is an important industrial center; diesel engines, pumps, turbines, agricultural machinery, electrical equipment, and transistors are the chief manufactures.
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; other chief towns were LutonLuton
, borough and unitary authority (1991 pop. 163,209), S central England on the Lea River. Hats, automobiles, ball bearings, and aircraft parts are among the products manufactured. The English millinery industry was established there during the time of James I.
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 and DunstableDunstable
, town (1991 pop. 30,912), Central Bedfordshire, SE England. Located at the meeting point of the ancient Icknield Street and Watling Street, Dunstable is a developing residential and industrial district, with printing and cement plants and extensive automobile works.
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. The county was a refuge for Protestants from the European continent during the English civil warEnglish civil war,
1642–48, the conflict between King Charles I of England and a large body of his subjects, generally called the "parliamentarians," that culminated in the defeat and execution of the king and the establishment of a republican commonwealth.
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Bedfordshire

a county of S central England: mainly low-lying, with the Chiltern Hills in the south: the geographical county includes Luton, which became a separate unitary authority in 1997. Administrative centre: Bedford. Pop. (excluding Luton): 388 600 (2003 est.). Area (excluding Luton): 1192 sq. km (460 sq. miles)
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The women, from Bedford, will each receive between pounds 2,000 and pounds 4,000 in back pay after complaining their pay and conditions were cut by Bedfordshire County Council four years ago.
A spokesman for Bedfordshire County Council said yesterday: "The head was making personal comments which do not reflect the view of the education authority.
And tomorrow the HSE is prosecuting Bedfordshire County Council over asbestos removal work at Redborne Upper School and Almeda Middle School in Ampthill.
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Less than 24 hours before, he was finishing his job - with some "emotion" - as chief executive at Bedfordshire County Council, disbanded that day in favour of two new unitary authorities.
BEDFORDSHIRE County Council has voted to retain the three-tier school system of lower, middle and upper schools at a meeting of the full council on July 13.
Construction group Galliford Try has sealed a pounds 58 million Private Finance Initiative deal with Bedfordshire County Council to upgrade and maintain two schools.
That's because he is chief executive of Bedfordshire County Council which is being disbanded on that date.
He left in 2000 to become Bedfordshire County Council chief executive.
Education Secretary Estelle Morris said she was recommending David Bell, currently chief executive of Bedfordshire County Council, to the Privy Council for appointment as chief inspector.
He moved swiftly from Reigate and Banstead Borough Council in Surrey, Waltham Forest Borough Council in London and Westminster City Council in London before arriving at Bedfordshire County Council in 2006.

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