South West Bedfordshire (UK Parliament constituency)
|South West Bedfordshire|
|for the House of Commons|
Boundary of South West Bedfordshire in Bedfordshire.
Location of Bedfordshire within England.
|Electorate||76,178 (December 2010)|
|Major settlements||Dunstable, Leighton Buzzard and Houghton Regis|
|Member of Parliament||Andrew Selous (Conservative)|
|Number of members||One|
|Created from||South Bedfordshire|
|European Parliament constituency||East of England|
The seat has electoral wards:
- All Saints, Chiltern, Dunstable Central, Eaton Bray, Grovebury, Heath and Reach, Houghton Hall, Icknield, Kensworth and Totternhoe, Linslade, Manshead, Northfields, Parkside, Planets, Plantation, Southcott, Stanbridge, Tithe Farm and, Watling in the Central Bedfordshire District
Fifth Periodic Review of Westminster constituencies
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).
Members of Parliament
|1983||Sir David Madel||Conservative|
Elections in the 2010s
|General Election 2010: South West Bedfordshire|
|Liberal Democrat||Rod Cantrill||10,166||20.0||+3.2|
Elections in the 2000s
|General Election 2005: South West Bedfordshire|
|Liberal Democrat||Andy Strange||7,723||16.9||+2.1|
|General Election 2001: South West Bedfordshire|
|Liberal Democrat||Martin Pantling||6,473||14.8||+0.5|
Elections in the 1990s
|General Election 1997: South West Bedfordshire|
|Liberal Democrat||Stephen Owen||7,559||14.3|
|Referendum Party||Rosalind Hill||1,761||3.33|
|Natural Law||Alexander Le Carpentier||162||0.31|
|General Election 1992:Bedfordshire South West|
|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|
Elections in the 1980s
|General Election 1987: South West Bedfordshire|
|SDP–Liberal Alliance||JR Burrow||13,835||22.26|
|Green||Peter J. Rollings||822||1.32|
|General Election 1983: South West Bedfordshire|
|SDP–Liberal Alliance||R Byfield||16,036||27.8|
Notes and references
- "Electorate Figures - Boundary Commission for England". 2011 Electorate Figures. Boundary Commission for England. 4 March 2011. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
- 2010 post-revision map non-metropolitan areas and unitary authorities of England
- Unemployment claimants by constituency The Guardian
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "B" (part 2)[self-published source][better source needed]
- "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 6 Dec 2010.