South West Bedfordshire (UK Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 51°57′29″N 0°29′28″W / 51.958°N 0.491°W / 51.958; -0.491

South West Bedfordshire
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of South West Bedfordshire in Bedfordshire.
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Location of Bedfordshire within England.
County Bedfordshire
Electorate 76,178 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlements Dunstable, Leighton Buzzard and Houghton Regis
Current constituency
Created 1983
Member of Parliament Andrew Selous (Conservative)
Number of members One
Created from South Bedfordshire
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency East of England

South West Bedfordshire is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2001 by Andrew Selous, a Conservative.[n 2]

Boundaries[edit]

The seat has electoral wards:

Fifth Periodic Review of Westminster constituencies[edit]

For 2010, the Boundary Commission's report led to no change to the constituency.[2]

History[edit]

The constituency was created in 1983, mostly from the former seat of South Bedfordshire. It was represented by Sir David Madel, a Conservative, from its creation until his retirement in 2001; he almost suffered one of the biggest upsets of the 1997 general election, when the Labour Party's candidate spectacularly cut his majority from 21,273 to just 132.

The present Conservative MP for the seat is Andrew Selous; he won the seat in 2001, when he managed to increase the party's majority, but only just: this increased somewhat more substantially each time in 2005 and 2010, ultimately to more than 16,000. The 2010 election also saw the second-placed candidate's party change, to the Liberal Democrats, similar to the results of 1983 and 1987, when this was the joint platform for R. Byfield and J.R. Burrow respectively, the (SDP-Liberal Alliance).

Constituency profile[edit]

Workless claimants were in November 2012 lower than the national average of 3.8%, at 3.2% of the population based on a statistical compilation by The Guardian.[3]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[4] Party
1983 Sir David Madel Conservative
2001 Andrew Selous Conservative

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2015: South West Bedfordshire
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Daniel Scott [5]
Conservative Andrew Selous [6]
General Election 2010: South West Bedfordshire[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Andrew Selous 26,815 52.8 +4.5
Liberal Democrat Rod Cantrill 10,166 20.0 +3.2
Labour Jenny Bone 9,948 19.6 -10.6
UKIP Martin Newman 2,142 4.2 ±
BNP Mark Tolman 1,703 3.4 N/A
Majority 16,649 32.8
Turnout 50,774 66.3 +3.5
Conservative hold Swing +0.7

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: South West Bedfordshire
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Andrew Selous 22,114 48.3 +6.2
Labour Joyce Still 13,837 30.2 -10.2
Liberal Democrat Andy Strange 7,723 16.9 +2.1
UKIP Tom Wise 1,923 4.2 +1.5
Open-Forum Kenson Gurney 217 0.5 N/A
Majority 8,277 18.1
Turnout 61.8
Conservative hold Swing


General Election 2001: South West Bedfordshire
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Andrew Selous 18,477 42.1 +1.4
Labour Andrew Date 17,701 40.4 -0.1
Liberal Democrat Martin Pantling 6,473 14.8 +0.5
UKIP Tom Wise 1,203 2.7 +1.9
Majority 776 1.7
Turnout 43,854 62.1 -13.7
Conservative hold Swing +0.7

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: South West Bedfordshire[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative David Madel 21,534 40.74
Labour Andrew Date 21,402 40.5
Liberal Democrat Stephen Owen 7,559 14.3
Referendum Party Rosalind Hill 1,761 3.33
UKIP Tom Wise 446 0.84
Natural Law Alexander Le Carpentier 162 0.31
Majority 132 0.2
Turnout 52,866 75.75
Conservative hold Swing -16.1
General Election 1992:Bedfordshire South West[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative David Madel 37,498 57.1 -1.0
Labour Barry E. Elliott 16,225 24.7 +6.5
Liberal Democrat Mark Freeman 10,988 16.7 -5.5
Green Peter J. Rollings 689 1.0 -0.3
Natural Law Dobie Gilmour 239 0.4 +0.4
Majority 21,273 32.4 -3.5
Turnout 65,639 81.9 +3.6
Conservative hold Swing -3.7

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: South West Bedfordshire[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative David Madel 36,140 58.15
SDP–Liberal Alliance JR Burrow 13,835 22.26
Labour PH Dimoldenberg 11,352 18.27
Green Peter J. Rollings 822 1.32
Majority 22,305 35.89
Turnout 78,956 78.71
Conservative hold Swing
General Election 1983: South West Bedfordshire[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative David Madel 31,767 55.05
SDP–Liberal Alliance R Byfield 16,036 27.8
Labour W Cochrane 9,899 17.16
Majority 15,731 27.26
Turnout 76,298 75.63

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ A county constituency (for the purposes of election expenses and type of returning officer)
  2. ^ As with all constituencies, the constituency elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election at least every five years.
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