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
Outline map
Boundary of North East Bedfordshire in Bedfordshire
Outline map
Location of Bedfordshire within England
CountyBedfordshire
Electorate87,143 (2018)[1]
Major settlementsBiggleswade and Sandy
Current constituency
Created1997
Member of ParliamentRichard Fuller (Conservative)
Number of membersOne
Created fromMid Bedfordshire, North Bedfordshire

North East Bedfordshire is a constituency[n 1] represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom since 2019 by Richard Fuller, of the Conservative Party.[n 2]

Constituency profile[edit]

This is a mainly rural, professional area,[2] with medium level incomes, low unemployment[3] and a low proportion of social housing. The East Coast Main Line runs through the east part of the seat, with several stations connecting to Central London.

Boundaries and boundary changes[edit]

Map of current boundaries

1997–2010: The District of Mid Bedfordshire wards of Arlesey, Biggleswade Ivel, Biggleswade Stratton, Blunham, Langford, Northill, Old Warden and Southill, Potton, Sandy All Saints, Sandy St Swithun's, Stotfold, and Wensley; and the Borough of Bedford wards of Bromham, Carlton, Clapham, Eastcotts, Felmersham, Great Barford, Harrold, Oakley, Renhold, Riseley, Roxton, and Sharnbrook.[4]

New County Constituency comprises primarily the eastern half of Mid Bedfordshire, including Biggleswade and Sandy. It also includes rural areas previously in the abolished County Constituency of North Bedfordshire.

2010–present: The District of Mid Bedfordshire wards of Arlesey, Biggleswade Holme, Biggleswade Ivel, Biggleswade Stratton, Langford and Henlow Village, Northill and Blunham, Potton and Wensley, Sandy Ivel, Sandy Pinnacle, and Stotfold; and the Borough of Bedford wards of Bromham, Carlton, Clapham, Eastcotts, Great Barford, Harrold, Oakley, Riseley, Roxton, and Sharnbrook.[5]

Marginal loss to Mid Bedfordshire due to revision of local authority wards.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[6] Party
1997 Nicholas Lyell Conservative
2001 Alistair Burt Conservative
2019 Independent (3 September 2019 - 29 October 2019)
2019 Conservative
2019 Richard Fuller Conservative

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General election 2019: North East Bedfordshire[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Richard Fuller 38,443 59.1 -1.8
Labour Julian Vaughan 14,160 21.8 -6.7
Liberal Democrats Daniel Norton 7,999 12.3 +6.5
Independent Adam Zerny 2,525 3.9 New
Green Philippa Fleming 1,891 2.9 +1.0
Majority 24,283 37.3 +4.9
Turnout 65,018 71.7 -1.7
Conservative hold Swing +2.4
General election 2017: North East Bedfordshire[8]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Alistair Burt 39,139 60.9 +1.4
Labour Julian Vaughan 18,277 28.5 +12.7
Liberal Democrats Stephen Rutherford 3,693 5.8 0.0
UKIP Duncan Strachan 1,896 3.0 -11.6
Green Philippa Fleming 1,215 1.9 -2.4
Majority 20,862 32.4 -11.3
Turnout 64,220 73.4 +3.2
Conservative hold Swing -5.6
General election 2015: North East Bedfordshire[9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Alistair Burt 34,891 59.5 +3.7
Labour Saqhib Ali [10] 9,247 15.8 −0.3
UKIP Adrianne Smyth[11] 8,579 14.6 +10.5
Liberal Democrats Peter Morris [12] 3,418 5.8 −15.9
Green Mark Bowler 2,537 4.3 New
Majority 25,644 43.7 +9.6
Turnout 58,672 70.2 -1.0
Conservative hold Swing
General election 2010: North East Bedfordshire[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Conservative Alistair Burt 30,989 55.8 +5.9
Liberal Democrats 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 New
Majority 18,942 34.1 +9.3
Turnout 55,552 71.2 +3.2
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 Democrats Stephen Rutherford 10,320 20.8 +4.4
UKIP James May 1,986 4.0 +1.3
Majority 12,251 24.7 +5.8
Turnout 49,505 68.0 +3.2
Conservative hold Swing +2.9
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 Democrats Dan Rogerson 7,409 16.4 +2.2
UKIP Rosalind Hill 1,242 2.7 New
Majority 8,577 18.9 +7.2
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
Labour John Lehal 16,428 32.6
Liberal Democrats Philip Bristow 7,179 14.2
Referendum John Taylor 2,490 4.9
Ind. Conservative Frank Foley 1,842 3.7
Natural Law Bernard Bence 138 0.3
Majority 5,883 11.7
Turnout 50,388 77.2
Conservative win (new seat)

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.
References
  1. ^ "England Parliamentary electorates 2010-2018". Boundary Commission for England. Retrieved 23 March 2019.
  2. ^ Constituency Profile The Guardian
  3. ^ Unemployment statistics The Guardian
  4. ^ "The Parliamentary Constituencies (England) Order 1995". www.legislation.gov.uk. Retrieved 2019-01-30.
  5. ^ "The Parliamentary Constituencies (England) Order 2007". www.legislation.gov.uk. Retrieved 2019-01-30.
  6. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "B" (part 2)
  7. ^ https://bbcdevwebfiles.blob.core.windows.net/webfiles/Elections/General%20Election%202019/North%20East%20Bedfordshire%20Constituency%20-%20Statement%20of%20Persons%20Nominated%2C%20Notice%20of%20Poll%20and%20Situation%20of%20Polling%20Stations%202019.pdf
  8. ^ "Bedfordshire North East parliamentary constituency - Election 2017" – via www.bbc.co.uk.
  9. ^ "Election Data 2015". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  10. ^ "BEDFORDSHIRE NORTH EAST 2015". electionresults.blogspot.co.uk.
  11. ^ http://www.adriannesmyth.uk
  12. ^ "List of selected candidates". Liberal Democrats. 4 March 2015. Retrieved 17 March 2015.
  13. ^ "UKPollingReport Election Guide 2010 » Bedfordshire North East". ukpollingreport.co.uk.