Bedford local elections
Bedford Unitary Council in Bedfordshire, England was elected in 2009, then in 2011 and thereafter in every fourth year, the whole council being elected. Before becoming a unitary authority in 2009 the council was elected by thirds. Since 2009 36 councillors have been elected from 26 wards and there is also a directly elected mayor who is elected every 4 years.
|Party in control||Years|
|No overall control||1973–1976|
|No overall control||1986 – present|
|Party in control||Years|
|Liberal Democrats||2009 – present|
District Council elections
- Bedford Council election, 1998
- Bedford Council election, 1999
- Bedford Council election, 2000
- Bedford Council election, 2002
- Bedford Council election, 2003
- Bedford Council election, 2004
- Bedford Council election, 2006
- Bedford Council election, 2007
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|
|Kingsbrook By-Election 8 April 1999|
|Liberal Democrat gain from Labour||Swing|
|Kingsbrook By-Election 10 December 2009|
|Liberal Democrat||Andrew Gerard||661||49.4||+3.1|
|Liberal Democrat hold||Swing|
|Kempston North By-Election 24 June 2010|
|Liberal Democrat||Ant Caprioli||272||19.8|
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