Mayor of Bedford

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Mayor of Bedford
Dave-Hodgson.jpg
Incumbent
Dave Hodgson

since 16 October 2009
Style No courtesy title or style
Appointer Electorate of Bedford
Term length Four years
Inaugural holder Frank Branston
Website Mayor of Bedford

The Mayor of Bedford is a directly elected mayor responsible for the executive function of Bedford Borough Council in Bedfordshire. The incumbent is Dave Hodgson of the Liberal Democrats.

History[edit]

The first known reference to a Mayor of Bedford in England was in 1264.

Prior to the Municipal Corporations Act, 1835, the Mayor of Bedford came into office on 29 September. The first Mayor of the reformed Corporation came into office on 1 January 1836, and subsequent Mayors on 9 November. After the Local Government Act, 1948, and the Local Government Act, 1972, the Mayors from 1949 onwards came into office in May. The civic Mayor was replaced by a directly elected Mayor in 2002.

Since April 2009 the Borough of Bedford is a unitary authority, with the executive having the powers and functions of both a non-metropolitan district and a non-metropolitan county.

Referendum[edit]

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%.[1]

Mayor of Bedford referendum
21 February 2002
Choice Votes  %
Referendum passed Elected Mayor 11,316 66.78
Cabinet System 5,537 33.22
Valid votes 16,843 99.60
Invalid or blank votes 34 0.40
Total votes 16887 100.00
Registered voters and turnout 108,817 15.54
Source: Bedford Borough Council[2]

Elections[edit]

The first mayoral election on 17 October 2002 saw independent Frank Branston elected as mayor.[3]

2002[edit]

Bedford Mayoral Election 17 October 2002 [4][5]
Party Candidate 1st Round  % 2nd Round Total  First Round Votes  Transfer Votes 
Better Bedford Party Frank Branston 9,557 2,521 12,078
Liberal Democrat Christine McHugh 4,711 2,253 6,964
Conservative Charles Rose 4,661
Labour Apu Bagchi 4,114
Independent Ian Clifton 1,893
Independent Arthur Foster 1,826
Green Mark Powell 735
Independent Gurminder Dosanjh 218
Better Bedford Party win

2007[edit]

In 2007 Frank Branston was re-elected as mayor.

Bedford Mayoral Election 3 May 2007 [6]
Party Candidate 1st Round  % 2nd Round Total  First Round Votes  Transfer Votes 
Better Bedford Party Frank Branston 15,966 3,732 19,698
Conservative Charles Rose 10,710 2,603 13,313
Liberal Democrat Christine McHugh 10,533
Labour Rondolph Charles 4,758
Green Justina McLennan 1,538
Better Bedford Party hold

2009 By-Election[edit]

A by-election took place on 15 October 2009 after the death of the previous incumbent, Frank Branston in August 2009.[7] The by-election was won by the Liberal Democrat, Dave Hodgson.[7]

Bedford Mayoral By-Election 15 October 2009 [8]
Party Candidate 1st Round  % 2nd Round Total  First Round Votes  Transfer Votes 
Liberal Democrat Dave Hodgson 9,428 4,127 13,555
Conservative Parvez Akhtar 9,105 2,438 11,543
Independent Apu Bagchi 7,631
Independent Tony Hare 4,316
Labour James Valentine 3,482
Green Eve Robinson-Morley 1,183
Liberal Democrat gain from Better Bedford Party

2011[edit]

Dave Hodgson was elected to a full term as Mayor on 5 May 2011 after being elected to finish the term of Frank Branston in 2009.

Bedford Mayoral Election 5 May 2011 [9]
Party Candidate 1st Round  % 2nd Round Total  First Round Votes  Transfer Votes 
Liberal Democrat Dave Hodgson 19,966 4,325 24,291
Conservative John Guthrie 17,501 1,824 19,325
Labour Michelle Harris 11,197
Independent Tony Hare 3,133
Green Greg Paszynski 1,211
Liberal Democrat hold

References[edit]

  1. ^ Parker, Simon (2002-02-22). "Bedford wants a mayor". London: guardian.co.uk. Retrieved 2009-12-11. 
  2. ^ "Referendum on an elected Mayor for Bedford Borough council". Bedford Borough Council. 21 February 2002. Retrieved 20 December 2012. 
  3. ^ Sherman, Jill (2002-10-19). "Maverick mayors add to Labour's embarrassment". London: The Times. Retrieved 2009-12-11. 
  4. ^ "Still In the Hunt! Bedford Mayor Election: First Round Result". North Bedfordshire Liberal Democrats. 17 October 2002. Retrieved 21 December 2012. 
  5. ^ "Bedford Borough Council Mayoral Election". Bedford Borough Council. 17 October 2002. Retrieved 21 December 2012. 
  6. ^ "Bedford Borough Council Mayoral Election". Bedford Borough Council. 3 May 2007. Retrieved 21 December 2012. 
  7. ^ a b "Lib Dems claim victory in Bedford mayor race". 24dash.com. 2009-10-16. Retrieved 2009-10-17. 
  8. ^ "Bedford Borough Council Mayoral Election". Bedford Borough Council. 15 October 2009. Retrieved 21 December 2012. 
  9. ^ "Bedford Borough Council Mayoral Election". Bedford Borough Council. 5 May 2011. Retrieved 21 December 2012.