North East Bedfordshire (UK Parliament constituency)

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Coordinates: 52°13′16″N 0°34′26″W / 52.221°N 0.574°W / 52.221; -0.574

North East Bedfordshire
County constituency
for the House of Commons
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Boundary of North East Bedfordshire in Bedfordshire.
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Location of Bedfordshire within England.
County Bedfordshire
Electorate 85,000 March 2015 (78,350 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlements Biggleswade and Sandy
Current constituency
Created 1997
Member of parliament Alistair Burt (Conservative)
Number of members One
Created from Mid Bedfordshire, North Bedfordshire
Overlaps
European Parliament constituency East of England

North East Bedfordshire is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2001 by Alistair Burt, a Conservative.[n 2]

Boundaries[edit]

Parliament accepted the Boundary Commission's Fifth Periodic Review of Westminster constituencies which slightly altered this constituency for the 2010 general election since which it has electoral wards:

  • From the Borough of Bedford: Bromham, Carlton, Clapham, Cople, Eastcotts, Great Barford, Harrold, Oakley, Riseley, Roxton and Sharnbrook
  • From Central Bedfordshire: Arlesey, Biggleswade Holme, Biggleswade Ivel, Biggleswade Stratton, Langford and Henlow Village, Northill and Blunham, Potton and Wensley, Sandy Ivel, Sandy Pinnacle and Stotfold.[2]

Constituency profile[edit]

This is a mainly rural, professional area,[3] with medium level incomes, low unemployment[4] and a low proportion of social housing.[5]

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[6] Party
1997 Nicholas Lyell Conservative
2001 Alistair Burt Conservative

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2015: North East Bedfordshire [7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Alistair Burt 34,891 59.5 +3.7
Labour Saqhib Ali [8] 9,247 15.8 -0.4
UKIP Adrianne Smyth[9] 8,579 14.6 +10.5
Liberal Democrat Peter Morris [10] 3,418 5.8 -15.9
Green Mark Bowler 2,537 4.3 +4.3
General Election 2010: North East Bedfordshire[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Alistair Burt 30,989 55.8 +5.9
Liberal Democrat Mike Pitt 12,047 21.7 +0.9
Labour Ed Brown 8,957 16.1 −9.1
UKIP Brian Capell 2,294 4.1 +0.1
BNP Ian Seeby 1,265 2.3 n/a
Majority 18,942 34.1 +9.3
Turnout 55,552
Conservative hold Swing +3.4%

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: North East Bedfordshire
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Alistair Burt 24,725 49.9 0.0
Labour Keith White 12,474 25.2 −5.8
Liberal Democrat Stephen Rutherford 10,320 20.8 +4.4
UKIP James May 1,986 4.0 +1.3
Majority 12,251 24.7
Turnout 49,505 68.0 +3.2
Conservative hold Swing 0[n 3]
General Election 2001: North East Bedfordshire
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Alistair Burt 22,586 49.9 +5.6
Labour Philip Ross 14,009 31.0 -1.6
Liberal Democrat Dan Rogerson 7,409 16.4 +2.1
UKIP Ros Hill 1,242 2.7 N/A
Majority 8,577 18.9
Turnout 45,246 64.8 -12.4
Conservative hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: North East Bedfordshire
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Nicholas Lyell 22,311 44.3 N/A
Labour John Lehal 16,428 32.6 N/A
Liberal Democrat Philip Bristow 7,179 14.2 N/A
Referendum Party J. Taylor 2,490 4.9 N/A
Independent Conservative L. Foley 1,842 3.7 N/A
Natural Law B. Bence 138 0.3 N/A
Majority 5,883 N/A
Turnout 77.8 N/A
Conservative hold Swing N/A

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.
  3. ^ This election saw a -5.8% total swing from Labour-Others
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