Frances Bedford

Frances Ellen Bedford (born 5 November 1953) is an Australian politician, representing the South Australian House of Assembly seat of Florey since the 1997 state election.

Frances Bedford

JP MP
Frances Bedford
Member of the South Australian Parliament
for Florey
Assumed office
11 October 1997
Preceded bySam Bass
Personal details
Born
Frances Ellen Bedford

5 November 1953 (age 65)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
NationalityAustralian
Political partyLabor (1997–2017)
Independent (2017–present)
Websitehttps://francesbedford.com/

Early life

Bedford was born in Sydney and moved to Melbourne and then Adelaide after the death of her mother. She became involved in politics and became an electorate officer for former Labor MP Peter Duncan.[1]

Parliament

Bedford was elected to the South Australian House of Assembly seat of Florey at the 1997 state election for the Labor Party.

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Bedford (left) presenting an award in 2006.

Hailing from the Labor Left, Bedford has described herself as being South Australia's most left-wing MP. Her support for the Relationships Bill 2005, a bill which extends legal protections to same-sex couples, has made her a target of fundamentalist groups. Her opinions are considered by some as being incompatible with the opinions of her 'bible belt' electorate. Despite this, she was returned with a large majority at the landslide 2006 state election with a technically safe 62.1 percent two-party vote from an 8.5-point two-party swing, defeating Liberal candidate and Assemblies of God pastor Pat Trainor. She has otherwise won the seat marginally since 1997. At the 2014 state election, Bedford held Florey with a margin of 2.5 percent.

Bedford resigned from Labor and became an independent on 28 March 2017 after Labor's Jack Snelling won Florey pre-selection partly as a result of the major electoral redistribution which moved two-thirds of Playford voters in to Florey ahead of the 2018 state election. As with the rest of the crossbench, Bedford continued to provide confidence and supply support to the minority Labor government. A ReachTEL poll conducted on 2 March 2017 of 606 voters in post-redistribution Florey indicated a 33.4 percent primary vote for Bedford running as an independent which would likely see the endorsed Labor candidate defeated after preferences.[2] In December 2017, Snelling decided not to nominate for Florey, and was replaced as Labor's endorsed candidate by Rik Morris.[3] Bedford successfully re-contested Florey as an independent at the 2018 state election, gaining a 30.6 percent first preference vote and defeating Morris on preferences.[4]

References

  1. ^ Ms Frances Ellen BEDFORD JP MP: Parliament@Work biography
  2. ^ Labor polling shows boundary redraw appeal loss means Jack Snelling could lose to veteran party MP Frances Bedford: The Advertiser 10 March 2017
  3. ^ "Labor picks challenger for now-independent Frances Bedford in key SA seat". ABC News. 11 December 2017. Retrieved 27 March 2018.
  4. ^ Frances Bedford to contest 2018 South Australian election as an independent: ABC 1 December 2017

External links

South Australian House of Assembly
Preceded by
Sam Bass
Member for Florey
1997–present
Incumbent
2002 South Australian state election

State elections were held in South Australia on 9 February 2002. All 47 seats in the South Australian House of Assembly were up for election, along with half of the 22 seats in the South Australian Legislative Council. The incumbent Liberal Party of Australia led by Premier of South Australia Rob Kerin was defeated by the Australian Labor Party led by Leader of the Opposition Mike Rann. Labor won 23 out of 47 seats, and then secured the one more seat it needed for a majority by gaining the support of independent Peter Lewis.

2018 South Australian state election

The 2018 South Australian state election to elect members to the 54th Parliament of South Australia was held on 17 March 2018. All 47 seats in the House of Assembly or lower house, whose members were elected at the 2014 election, and 11 of 22 seats in the Legislative Council or upper house, last filled at the 2010 election, were contested. The record-16-year-incumbent Australian Labor Party (SA) government led by Premier Jay Weatherill was seeking a fifth four-year term, but was defeated by the opposition Liberal Party of Australia (SA), led by Opposition Leader Steven Marshall. Nick Xenophon's new SA Best party unsuccessfully sought to obtain the balance of power.

Like federal elections, South Australia has compulsory voting, uses full-preference instant-runoff voting for single-member electorates in the lower house and optional preference single transferable voting in the proportionally represented upper house. The election was conducted by the Electoral Commission of South Australia (ECSA), an independent body answerable to Parliament.

2022 South Australian state election

The 2022 South Australian state election will elect members to the 55th Parliament of South Australia on 19 March 2022. All seats in the House of Assembly or lower house, whose current members were elected at the 2018 election, and half the seats in the Legislative Council or upper house, last filled at the 2014 election, will become vacant. The first term incumbent Liberal Party of Australia (SA) government, currently led by Premier Steven Marshall, will seek a second four-year term and will be challenged by the Australian Labor Party (SA) opposition, currently led by Opposition Leader Peter Malinauskas.

Like federal elections, South Australia has compulsory voting, uses full-preference instant-runoff voting for single-member electorates in the lower house and optional preference single transferable voting in the proportionally represented upper house. The election will be conducted by the Electoral Commission of South Australia (ECSA), an independent body answerable to Parliament.

Bedford (surname)

Bedford is an English surname. Notable people with the surname include:

Brian Bedford, English actor

Celia Frances Bedford (1904–1959), British artist

David Bedford (1937–2011), British musician

David Bedford (athlete), British athlete

Davis Evan Bedford (1898–1978), British physician

Frances Bedford, Australian politician

Francis Bedford (photographer) (1816–1894), English photographer

Francis Donkin Bedford (1864–1954), English book illustrator

Francis Octavius Bedford (1784–1858), English architect

Fred Bedford, English footballer

Gerald Augustus Harold Bedford (1891–1938), British entomologist

Harry Bedford (footballer), British footballer

Harry Bedford (cricketer), English cricketer

Harry Bedford (politician), New Zealand politician

Ian Bedford (1930–1966), English cricketer

Jan Bedford (born 1945), Australian gymnast

James Bedford, psychologist and the first person ever cryonically preserved

John Bedford, British industrialist

Lou Singletary Bedford (1837–?), American poet, author, editor

Luke Bedford, British composer

Mark Bedford, bassist

Martyn Bedford, British author

Paddy Bedford, Australian artist

Peter Bedford (born 1947), Australian rules footballer and cricketer

Sybille Bedford, author

Walter Bedford, English cricketer

Candidates of the 2014 South Australian state election

This is a list of candidates of the 2014 South Australian state election.

Candidates of the 2018 South Australian state election

This is a list of candidates of the 2018 South Australian state election. The election was held on 17 March 2018.

Celia Frances Bedford

Celia Frances Bedford (11 February 1904 – 23 February 1959) was a British artist, notable for her portrait and figure paintings plus her work as a lithographer.

Chelsea College of Arts

Chelsea College of Arts is a constituent college of the University of the Arts London based in London, UK, and is a leading British art and design institution with an international reputation. It offers further and higher education courses in fine art, graphic design, interior design, spatial design and textile design up to PhD level.

Electoral district of Florey

Florey is a single-member electoral district for the South Australian House of Assembly. It is named after scientist Howard Florey, who was responsible for the development of penicillin. It is a 21.25 km2 (8.20 sq mi) suburban electorate in Adelaide's north-east, taking in the suburbs of Ingle Farm, Modbury North, Para Vista, Pooraka, Valley View, and Walkley Heights, as well as parts of Modbury and Northfield.

Florey was created at the electoral redistribution of 1969 as a notionally safe Labor electorate, and was first contested at the 1970 election. Mostly it was safely held by the Labor party until the 1989 election when it became the minority Labor government's most marginal electorate. Florey was one of the first electorates to fall to the Liberals at the 1993 election landslide. It was regained by Labor's Frances Bedford at the 1997 election.

Electoral results for the district of Florey

This is a list of electoral results for the Electoral district of Florey in South Australian state elections.

Jack Snelling

John James "Jack" Snelling (born 8 November 1972) is a former Australian politician. He was the Labor member for the South Australian House of Assembly seat of Playford from the 1997 election until his retirement in 2018.

Members of the South Australian House of Assembly, 1997–2002

This is a list of members of the South Australian House of Assembly from 1997 to 2002, as elected at the 1997 state election:

1 The member for Mackillop, Mitch Williams, was elected as an independent, but rejoined the Liberal Party on 6 December 1999.

2 The member for Hammond, Peter Lewis, was expelled from the Liberal Party on 6 July 2000. He continued to sit in the Assembly as an independent.

3 The member for Fisher, Bob Such, resigned from the Liberal Party on 12 October 2000. He continued to sit in the Assembly as an independent.

4 The member for Price, Murray De Laine, resigned from the Labor Party on 15 August 2001 after losing preselection to recontest his seat. He served out the remainder of his term as an independent.

5 The member for Ross Smith, Ralph Clarke, resigned from the Labor Party on 27 November 2001 after losing preselection to recontest his seat. He served out the remainder of his term as an independent.

Members of the South Australian House of Assembly, 2002–2006

This is a list of members of the South Australian House of Assembly from 2002 to 2006, as elected at the 2002 state election:

1 Kris Hanna, the member for Mitchell, was elected as a representative of the Labor Party, but resigned from the party on 30 January 2003 and joined the South Australian Greens. He later resigned from the party on 8 February 2006, after failing to win the top position on their Legislative Council ticket for the 2006 election, and served out the remainder of his term as an independent.

Members of the South Australian House of Assembly, 2006–2010

This is a list of members of the South Australian House of Assembly from 2006 to 2010, as elected at the 2006 state election.

1 The Liberal member for Frome, Rob Kerin, resigned on 11 November 2008. Independent candidate Geoff Brock won the resulting by-election held on 17 January 2009.

Members of the South Australian House of Assembly, 2010–2014

This is a list of members of the South Australian House of Assembly from 2010 to 2014, as elected at the 2010 state election and two 2012 by-elections.

1 The Labor member for Port Adelaide, former Deputy Premier and Treasurer Kevin Foley, resigned on 12 December 2011. Labor candidate Susan Close won the resulting by-election on 11 February 2012.

2 The Labor member for Ramsay, former Premier Mike Rann, resigned on 13 January 2012. Labor candidate Zoe Bettison won the resulting by-election on 11 February 2012.

Members of the South Australian House of Assembly, 2014–2018

This is a list of members of the South Australian House of Assembly from 2014 to 2018, as elected at the 2014 state election.

Members of the South Australian House of Assembly, 2018–2022

This is a list of members of the South Australian House of Assembly from 2018 to 2022, as elected at the 2018 state election and subsequent by-elections.

Sam Bass (politician)

Rodney Piers "Sam" Bass (30 July 1944 – 28 June 2018) was an Australian politician who represented the South Australian House of Assembly seat of Florey for the Liberal Party from 1993 to 1997.

South Australian House of Assembly

The House of Assembly, or lower house, is one of the two chambers of the Parliament of South Australia. The other is the Legislative Council. It sits in Parliament House in the state capital, Adelaide.

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