Bedford Borough Council elections

Bedford is a unitary authority in Bedfordshire, England. Until 1 April 2009 it was a non-metropolitan district. Since 2002 it has also had a directly elected mayor.

Political control

Borough council

Since the first election to the council in 1973 political control of the council has been held by the following parties:[1][2][3]

Non-metropolitan district

Party in control Years
No overall control 1973–1976
Conservative 1976–1986
No overall control 1986–2009

Unitary authority

Party in control Years
No overall control 2009–present

Directly elected mayor

Party in control Years
Independent 2002–2009
Liberal Democrats 2009–present

Council elections

Non-metropolitan district elections

  • 1973 Bedford District Council election
  • 1976 North Bedfordshire Borough Council election
  • 1979 North Bedfordshire Borough Council election
  • 1983 North Bedfordshire Borough Council election (New ward boundaries)[4]
  • 1984 North Bedfordshire Borough Council election
  • 1986 North Bedfordshire Borough Council election
  • 1987 North Bedfordshire Borough Council election
  • 1988 North Bedfordshire Borough Council election
  • 1990 North Bedfordshire Borough Council election
  • 1991 North Bedfordshire Borough Council election (Borough boundary changes took place but the number of seats remained the same)[5]
  • 1992 Bedford Borough Council election
  • 1994 Bedford Borough Council election
  • 1995 Bedford Borough Council election
  • 1996 Bedford Borough Council election
  • 1998 Bedford Borough Council election
  • 1999 Bedford Borough Council election
  • 2000 Bedford Borough Council election
  • 2002 Bedford Borough Council election (New ward boundaries)[6]
  • 2003 Bedford Borough Council election
  • 2004 Bedford Borough Council election
  • 2006 Bedford Borough Council election
  • 2007 Bedford Borough Council election

Unitary authority elections

Mayoral elections

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%.[9] The first mayoral election on 17 October 2002 saw independent Frank Branston elected as mayor.[10]

2007

In 2007 Frank Branston was re-elected as mayor.

Bedford Mayoral Election Results 2007
Name Party 1st Preference Votes % 2nd Preference Votes¹ % Final
Frank Branston Better Bedford Independent 15,966 3,732 19,698
Nicky Attenborough Conservative 10,710 2,603 13,313
Christine McHugh Lib Dem 10,553 N/A
Randolph Charles Labour 4,758 N/A
Justina McLennan Green 1,538 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.

2009

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.[11] The election was won by the Liberal Democrat, Dave Hodgson.[11]

Bedford Mayoral Election Results 2009[12]
Name Party 1st Preference Votes % 2nd Preference Votes % Final %
Dave Hodgson Liberal Democrat 9,428 26.8 4,127 13,555 54.0
Parvez Akhtar Conservative 9,105 25.9 2,438 11,543 46.0
Apu Bagchi Independent 7,631 21.7 N/A
Tony Hare Independent 4,316 12.3 N/A
James Valentine Labour 3,482 9.9 N/A
Eve Morley Green Party 1,183 3.4 N/A

By-election results

Kingsbrook By-Election 8 April 1999
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat 1,043 53.0 +32.0
Labour 816 41.5 -21.9
Conservative 108 5.5 -10.1
Majority 227 11.5
Turnout 1,967
Liberal Democrat gain from Labour Swing
Kingsbrook By-Election 10 December 2009[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Democrat Andrew Gerard 661 49.4 +3.1
Labour James Saunders 370 27.6 +3.5
Conservative Adam Pritchard 150 11.2 -9.2
Independent Tony Hare 85 6.3 +6.3
Independent Patrick O'Rourke 73 5.5 +5.5
Majority 291 11.8
Turnout 1,339 18.4
Liberal Democrat hold Swing
Kempston North By-Election 24 June 2010[14]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Shan Hunt 715 52.1
Conservative Martin Quince 384 28
Liberal Democrat Ant Caprioli 272 19.8
Majority 331 24.1
Turnout 1,371 33.2
Labour hold Swing

European Union Membership Referendum 2016

The electorate of Bedford Borough voted by a margin of 51.8% to 48.2% (on a 72.1% turnout)[15] 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.[16]

References

  1. ^ "Council compositions". The Elections Centre. Retrieved 3 May 2016.
  2. ^ "Bedford". BBC News Online. 19 April 2009. Retrieved 11 December 2009.
  3. ^ "Bedford". BBC News Online. Retrieved 11 December 2009.
  4. ^ The District of North Bedfordshire (Electoral Arrangements) Order 1979
  5. ^ legislation.gov.uk - The Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Cambridgeshire (County Boundaries) Order 1991. Retrieved on 5 November 2015.
  6. ^ legislation.gov.uk - The Borough of Bedford (Electoral Changes) Order 2001. Retrieved on 4 October 2015.
  7. ^ "Council Elections". Bedford Borough Council. Retrieved 11 December 2009.
  8. ^ legislation.gov.uk - The Bedford (Electoral Changes) Order 2011. Retrieved on 3 November 2015.
  9. ^ Parker, Simon (22 February 2002). "Bedford wants a mayor". guardian.co.uk. London. Retrieved 11 December 2009.
  10. ^ Sherman, Jill (19 October 2002). "Maverick mayors add to Labour's embarrassment". The Times. London. Retrieved 11 December 2009.
  11. ^ a b "Lib Dems claim victory in Bedford mayor race". 24dash.com. 16 October 2009. Archived from the original on 20 October 2009. Retrieved 17 October 2009.
  12. ^ "Lib Dem Dave Hodgson is the new Mayor of Bedford". Bedfordshire on Sunday. 16 October 2009. Archived from the original on 17 January 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2009.
  13. ^ "Huge boost for Labour in latest council by-elections". 24dash.com. 11 December 2009. Archived from the original on 16 December 2009. Retrieved 11 December 2009.
  14. ^ "Kempston North By-Election Result". Bedford Borough Council. 11 December 2009. Retrieved 23 July 2010.
  15. ^ "EU Referendum local results - B - BBC News". BBC News. Retrieved 13 January 2018.
  16. ^ "BBC EU Referendum ward level data". BBC News. Retrieved 13 January 2018.

External links

1998 Bedford Borough Council election

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

Labour 22

Liberal Democrat 15

Conservative 9

Independent 7

2011 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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