|Party in control||Years|
|No overall control||1973–1976|
|No overall control||1986–2009|
|Party in control||Years|
|No overall control||2009–present|
|Party in control||Years|
Bedford held a referendum on 21 February 2002 on whether to introduce a directly elected mayor after a petition was signed by at least 5% of the electorate. The move was approved with 11,316 voting in favour and 5,357 against on a turnout of 15.5%. The first mayoral election on 17 October 2002 saw independent Frank Branston elected as mayor.
In 2007 Frank Branston was re-elected as mayor.
|Bedford Mayoral Election Results 2007|
|Name||Party||1st Preference Votes||%||2nd Preference Votes¹||%||Final||%²|
|Frank Branston||Better Bedford Independent||15,966||3,732||19,698|
|Christine McHugh||Lib Dem||10,553||N/A|
¹Using the Supplementary Vote system.
²Percentage figures are not officially used on the final votes, they are produced here for illustration and are calculated by the candidates final vote divided by the total of final votes.
A by-election for Mayor of Bedford took place on 15 October 2009 after the death of the previous incumbent, Frank Branston in August 2009. The election was won by the Liberal Democrat, Dave Hodgson.
|Bedford Mayoral Election Results 2009|
|Name||Party||1st Preference Votes||%||2nd Preference Votes||%||Final||%|
|Dave Hodgson||Liberal Democrat||9,428||26.8||4,127||13,555||54.0|
|Eve Morley||Green Party||1,183||3.4||N/A|
|Liberal Democrat gain from Labour||Swing|
|Liberal Democrat||Andrew Gerard||661||49.4||+3.1|
|Liberal Democrat hold||Swing|
|Liberal Democrat||Ant Caprioli||272||19.8|
The electorate of Bedford Borough voted by a margin of 51.8% to 48.2% (on a 72.1% turnout) to leave the European Union during the 2016 United Kingdom European Union membership referendum (reflecting the national picture). The Kingsbrook ward voted most heavily in favour of Leave (60.71%), while the Queen's Park ward voted most strongly for Remain (57.66%). Other areas of Bedford to favour Remain were Bromham and Biddenham, Castle, De Parys, Harpur, Kempston Rural, Newnham, Oakley and Sharnbrook.
The 1998 Bedford Borough Council election took place on 7 May 1998 to elect members of Bedford Borough Council in Bedfordshire, England. One third of the council was up for election and the council stayed under no overall control.After the election, the composition of the council was
Liberal Democrat 15
Independent 72011 Bedford Borough Council election
The 2011 Bedford Borough Council election took place on 9 May 2011 to elect members of Bedford Borough Council in Bedfordshire, England. All 40 seats of the council were up for election and the council stayed under no overall control.After the election, the composition of the council (with change) was
Labour 12 (+5)
Liberal Democrat 12 (−1)
Conservative 12 (+4)
Independent 4 (−4)2015 Bedford Borough Council election
The 2015 Bedford Borough Council election took place on 7 May 2015 to elect members of Bedford Borough Council in England. This was on the same day as other local elections.2019 Bedford Borough Council election
The 2019 Bedford Borough Council election is due to take place on 2 May 2019 to elect members of Bedford Borough Council in England.
Bedford Borough Council has been under no overall control since 2010. The Conservatives will be defending fifteen seats, Labour will defend fourteen, the Liberal Democrats will defend nine and independent councillors will defend two seats. Bedford is run by the directly elected Mayor of Bedford, who has been Liberal Democrat Dave Hodgson since 2009.Borough of Bedford
Bedford is a unitary authority area with borough status in the ceremonial county of Bedfordshire, England. Its council is based at Bedford, the county town of Bedfordshire. The borough contains one large urban area, the 71st largest in the United Kingdom that comprises Bedford and the adjacent town of Kempston, surrounded by a rural area with many villages. 75% of the borough's population live in the Bedford Urban Area and the five large villages which surround it, which makes up slightly less than 6% of the total land area of the Borough.
The borough is also the location of the Wixams new town development, which received its first residents in 2009.Riseley, Bedfordshire
Riseley is a village and civil parish located in North Bedfordshire. The village name has had alternative spellings in the past such as Rislau, Riseleg, Riselai and Risely, however all these spellings are considered archaic. It has a population of 1,284 according to the 2001 census, increasing to 1,286 at the 2011 Census, and is near the villages of Bletsoe, Sharnbrook, Swineshead, Pertenhall, Keysoe, Thurleigh and Melchbourne. The nearest town to Riseley is Rushden in the neighbouring county of Northamptonshire, approximately 8 miles away to the north west. The county town of Bedford is approximately 9 miles to the South of Riseley. The village has one watercourse, which is a tributary of the River Ouse, flowing through it known locally as the 'Brook' around which in medieval times the village was built.
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